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Léon Bakst

Costume Design for the Lilac Fairy in La Belle au Bois Dormant

VAT reduced rate

Estimate:

12,000

to
- 18,000 GBP

Property from the Private Collection of Pat and Michael York

Léon Bakst

Léon Bakst

Costume Design for the Lilac Fairy in La Belle au Bois Dormant

Costume Design for the Lilac Fairy in La Belle au Bois Dormant

Estimate:

12,000

to
- 18,000 GBP

Property from the Private Collection of Pat and Michael York

Léon Bakst

1866 - 1924

Costume Design for the Lilac Fairy in La Belle au Bois Dormant


signed in Latin and dated 1920 t.r.

pencil and watercolour heightened with gold on paper

Sheet: 29 by 17cm, 11½ by 6¾in.

Framed: 53 by 39.5cm, 20¾ by 15½in.

The edges of the sheet have been bonded to a paper mount. The gold pigment has degraded over time. The surface is covered in a light layer of dirt and there is scattered foxing throughout. Framed and glazed.


Condition 9 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Studio Sale) is not applicable to this lot. 


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The artist
Private collection, New York
Sotheby's New York, Dance, Theater and Opera, 15 December 1977, lot 19
Acquired at the above sale by the present owners
Revived under the title The Sleeping Princess at the London Alhambra Theatre in 1921, this production of La Belle au bois dormant was Bakst’s last collaboration with Sergei Diaghilev. The reviews were abundant with praise, with the Daily Mail writing, ‘Bakst… sets out to ravish, not to shock the eye. His Versailles of last night would have made Louis XIV himself look dim’ (R.Capell, ‘“The Sleeping Princess.” Bakst splendours at Russian Ballet. Olga Spessiva’, Daily Mail, 3 November 1921). For the London production Lydia Lopokova was cast as the Lilac Fairy.