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Boris Konstantinovich Bilinsky

Costume Designs for Prince Achmed in Shéhérazade and Snow Queen (Two Works)

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Estimate:

3,000 to - 5,000 GBP

Property from a Private Collection, United States

Boris Konstantinovich Bilinsky

Boris Konstantinovich Bilinsky

Costume Designs for Prince Achmed in Shéhérazade and Snow Queen (Two Works)

Costume Designs for Prince Achmed in Shéhérazade and Snow Queen (Two Works)

Estimate:

3,000 to - 5,000 GBP

Lot sold:

12,600

GBP

Property from a Private Collection, United States

Boris Konstantinovich Bilinsky

1900 - 1948

Costume Designs for Prince Achmed in Shéhérazade and Snow Queen (Two Works)


each signed in Latin l.l.; one further titled on the reverse

one gouache and ink heightened with gold and foil on blue card, the other gouache over pencil heightened with silver on grey card

Sheet: (i) 44.5 by 32cm, 17½ by 12½in.; (ii) 48 by 32.5cm, 19 by 13in.

Framed: (i) 64 by 54cm, 25¼ by 21¼in.; (ii) 70.5 by 55.5cm, 27¾ by 21¾in.


(2)


The authenticity of the present works has been confirmed by René Clémenti-Bilinsky, the artist's grandson. They will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné.

Costume Design for Prince Achmed in Shéhérazade

Executed on Chapron Coquelin card, there are watermarks along the bottom edge. The support is slightly warped. There is mount staining along the edges. The bottom corners are fraying and there are minor associated creases and losses to the card. There is a nick to the card to the middle of the left edge. There is a scratch to the figure's left sleeve. Further minor scratches and surface abrasions are visible in places elsewhere. Minor losses are visible to the white decorative details of the figure's belt and turban. The surface is covered in a light layer of dirt and there are handling marks in places. The card is taped to the mount along the top and bottom edges. Framed and glazed.


Costume Design for Snow Queen

The top and left edges are slightly uneven. Both bottom corners are fraying slightly and show signs of wear. There is mount staining along the edges. Minor flecks of paint loss are visible to the black figures in the coats of arms. The surface is covered in a light layer of dirt and there are handling marks in places. There are abrasions with minor associated losses along the edges. The sheet is taped to the mount along the top and bottom edges. Framed and glazed.


"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."

Sotheby's New York, Modern Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture; Dance, Theatre and Opera, 16 December 1983, lot 367 (Costume Design for Prince Achmed in Shéhérazade)

Sotheby's New York, Dance, Theatre, Opera, Music Hall and Film, 21 November 1984, lot 206A (Costume Design for Snow Queen)

Perhaps most widely known as the designer of the poster and publicity materials for Fritz Lang's iconic science fiction film Metropolis (1927), Russian-born Boris Konstantinovich Bilinsky was also widely celebrated for his costume and set designs for both film and stage.


As the chief costume designer for Alexandre Volkoff’s 1928 film Shéhérazade based on Arabian Nights or One Thousand and One Nights, Bilinsky mobilised cutting-edge techniques in costume creation and special effects available to him for a film of immense production value. Shéhérazade was one of the most lavish films made towards the end of the silent film era. The drawing offered in the sale of the costume for Prince Achmed is a vivid example of the decorative grandeur displayed in the film.