View full screen - View 1 of Lot 65. Set Design for The Merchant of Venice.
65

Alexander Nikolaevich Benois

Set Design for The Merchant of Venice

VAT reduced rateArtist's Resale Right

Estimate:

4,000

to
- 6,000 GBP

Property from a Private Collection, United States

Alexander Nikolaevich Benois

Alexander Nikolaevich Benois

Set Design for The Merchant of Venice

Set Design for The Merchant of Venice

Estimate:

4,000

to
- 6,000 GBP

Lot sold:

5,040

GBP

Property from a Private Collection, United States

Alexander Nikolaevich Benois

1870 - 1960

Set Design for The Merchant of Venice


signed in Cyrillic and dated 1920 l.l.

watercolour over pencil on paper

Sheet: 38.5 by 63cm, 15¼ by 24¾in.

Framed: 64.5 by 88cm, 25½ by 34½in.

The sheet is heavily discoloured and is undulating slightly. The upper left corner is missing and there are creases and tears to the other three corners as well as to the edges in places, including two horizontal tears to the centre of the left and right edges. There is a layer of surface dirt and scattered spots of foxing. The sheet is hinged to the mount along the top edge. Framed and glazed.


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


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Acquired by the grandparents of the present owner in Paris in the late 1920s
The present set design relates to the 1920 Bolshoi Drama Theatre production of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, designed and directed by Benois. Founded in 1918, in revolutionary Petrograd at the initiative of Maxim Gorky and Maria Andreeva, the Bolshoi Drama Theatre was conceived as a Soviet theatre of the classical repertoire, focusing on three main genres - tragedy, romantic drama and Commedia dell'arte, all of which later became classics of the Soviet theatre. Benois joined the theatre as a director and stage designer in October 1919, gradually turning it into an outpost of the World of Art movement.