View full screen - View 1 of Lot 3. Lady Constance Stewart Richardson.
3

Prince Paul Troubetzkoy

Lady Constance Stewart Richardson

Prince Paul Troubetzkoy

Prince Paul Troubetzkoy

Lady Constance Stewart Richardson

Lady Constance Stewart Richardson

Prince Paul Troubetzkoy

Russian

1866 - 1938

Lady Constance Stewart Richardson


signed and dated: Paul Troubetzkoy / 1923, and inscribed: CIRE / C. VALSUANI / PERDUE and: ©

bronze, dark brown patina 

35 by 30cm., 13¾ by 11¾in.

Overall in very good condition with minor surface dirt and wear consistent with age.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Private collection, UK
London, The Sladmore Gallery, Troubetzkoy: The Belle Epoque Captured in Bronze, 2008

This dynamic bronze portrays the aristocratic dancer, Lady Constance Stewart Richardson (1833 – 1932), during one of her provocative performances. She was the daughter of Francis Mackenzie, the second Earl of Cromartie, and was also an author, swimmer, and sportswoman. She is best known for her controversial dance career in which adopted a free and expressive style, influenced by Isadora Duncan and Maud Allen. She danced bare footed and bare legged on the New York stage in 1909, which was considered scandalous but simultaneously contributed to her international success. Similar dance performances followed in London and around the country. Lady Richardson was on tour in the United States in 1913, where Troubetzkoy made this dynamic and elegant portrait statuette. The acrobatic movement is perfectly captured in the energetic pose and in the expressive finish of the surface.

 

The present bronze, dated to 1923, is one of Troubetzkoy’s most animated and famous models, and casts are inscribed with a variety of different dates. Given the popularity of the model, Troubetzkoy produced many casts, some of which are in important collections, including in the Detroit Museum of Art (inv. 16.17; cast dated: 1915) and in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, which acquired a cast directly from the artist in 1929 (inv. 29.137; cast dated: 1914).

 

RELATED LITERATURE

F. Vercelotti, Paolo Troubetzkoy: scultore, Verbania, 1988, p. 128-129; F. Rabai and R. Troubetzkoy Hahn (ed.), Paolo Troubetzkoy: La collezione del Museo del Paesaggio, Verbania, 2017, p. 182-183; G. Piantoni and P. Venturoli, Paolo Troubetzkoy 1866-1938, exh. cat. Museo del Paesaggio, Verbania Pallanza, 1990, p. 211