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Alexander Nikolaevich Benois

Set Design for Liza's Room from The Queen of Spades

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Estimate:

4,000 - 6,000 GBP

Property from a Private Collection, United States

Alexander Nikolaevich Benois

Alexander Nikolaevich Benois

Set Design for Liza's Room from The Queen of Spades

Set Design for Liza's Room from The Queen of Spades

Estimate:

4,000 - 6,000 GBP

Lot sold:

5,040

GBP

Property from a Private Collection, United States

Alexander Nikolaevich Benois

1870 - 1960

Set Design for Liza's Room from The Queen of Spades


signed in Cyrillic and dated 1919 l.l. and titled l.r.

watercolour, chalk and ink over pencil on paper laid on card

Sheet: 33.5 by 63.5cm, 13¼ by 25in.

Framed: 61.5 by 92cm, 24¼ by 36¼in.

The sheet has been laid down on card. The top and bottom edges of the paper are uneven and there are pinholes in the two top corners and the centre of the top edge. There are horizontal tears to the centre of the left and right edges. Creases are visible in the top right and two bottom corners. The sheet has discoloured and there is a layer of surface dirt. Light surface scratches are scattered throughout. The support is hinged to the mount at the top edge. Framed and glazed.


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Acquired by the grandparents of the present owner in Paris in the late 1920s
Benois illustrated Pushkin's tale of The Queen of Spades on numerous occasions, both for publications and the stage. The present set design relates to the 1921 production of Tchaikovsky’s opera at the Petrograd Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (formerly the Mariinsky Theatre). Following the Russian Revolution of 1917, the Mariinsky was transferred to the jurisdiction of the People's Commissariat of Education and a newly created directory was established, shaped by famous performers, artists and theatre directors. Having joined the directory as a ‘consultant for the artistic and decorative part’, Benois immediately took over all the questions related to stage design and was soon offered a permanent position as a director and stage designer. The Queen of Spades premiered on 3rd May 1921. According to the archival records, the costume and set designs for the opera were completed by July 1919.