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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, FRANCE

Dmitri Semenovich Stelletsky
TRIPTYCH SCREEN
JUMP TO LOT
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, FRANCE

Dmitri Semenovich Stelletsky
TRIPTYCH SCREEN
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Dmitri Semenovich Stelletsky
1875 - 1947
TRIPTYCH SCREEN

Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist by the mother of the present owner

Catalogue Note

The present lot represents an unusual foray into furniture design for Stelletsky who is known to have decorated interiors through mural painting and large-scale sculptures such as fireplaces. In this rare folding screen, the artist celebrates the merry side of medieval life. The design forms a cohesive image, but as the screen folds, individual scenes appear on each panel. A trio of maidens with garlands in their hair dance across two of the panels, possibly in a springtime ritual, and their rhythmic movements are accompanied by a group of musicians on the left. The bare arms and feet of the figures and their relaxed poses stand in stark contrast to Stelletsky’s more formal courtly interiors.

While the exact subject of the present lot is unknown, the red-tiled roofs and cobblestone streets suggest the scene is set in medieval Italy or France. Although Stelletsky was famed for his Russian-themed works, his emigration to France sparked a keen interest in the country’s early medieval heritage, leading him to sketch buildings such as Chartres Cathedral and Saint-Pierre in Dreux and the rich collections of the Louvre and Cluny Museum in Paris. Stelletsky’s home in Le Toit at La Napoule was also in close proximity to a number of medieval sites, including nearby Cannes.

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