Monday 21 February 2022

Lot 35

Alexandre Nikolayevich Benois (1870-1960),   Costume design for Nutcracker: 'Pas...

View More

Lot 35

Alexandre Nikolayevich Benois (1870-1960),
Costume design for Nutcracker: 'Pas...

Price Realised: Unsold Lot

Estimate: £600 - £800

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

Share this lot

Let your friends and family know about this lot

Lot 35


Alexandre Nikolayevich Benois (1870-1960),


Costume design for Nutcracker: 'Pas de Deux des Automates: Arlequin' with annotations, 1951,

Black ink and watercolour over pencil

Signed 'Alexandre Benois' and dated '1951',




ProvenanceArthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, London



For similar design see Victoria & Albert Museum 'Design for the Nutcracker, in Nutcracker' by Alexandre Benois dated 1957; this drawing was made for the production of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker first performed on 24 December by the Festival Ballet at the Royal Festival Hall, London.


Alexandre Nikolayevich Benois was a significant figure in the Russian artistic scene of the early 20th century, working alongside Sergei Diaghilev and Leon Bakst to produce the magazine Mir iskusstva and its corresponding artistic movement, which sought to promote Art Nouveau within Russia. Yet it was as a designer for the Ballet Russes, under Diaghilev, for which Benois is probably best known. The present pieces, as costume designs, are therefore particularly compelling, serving as examples of Benois's most recognisable work.


Buyer's Premium

The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

VAT is not charged on the hammer price unless it is stated that there is 'VAT applicable on the hammer price at the end of the description. Buyer's premium is subject to VAT.

Qualifying living artists and the descendants of artists deceased within the last 70 years are entitled to receive a re-sale royalty each time their work is bought through an auction house or art market professional.

It applies to lots with hammer value over €1,000 as follows:
0 to €50,000 - 4%, €50,000.01 to €200,000 - 3%
€200,000.01 to €350,000 - 1%,
€350,000.01 to €500,000 - 0.5%
Exceeding €500,000 - 0.25%
ARR is capped at €12,500

Please note ARR is calculated in euros. Auctioneers will apply current exchange rates.

Export of goods

Buyers intending to export goods should ascertain whether an export licence is required before bidding. Export licences are issued by Arts Council England and application forms can be obtained from its Export Licensing Unit. Details can be found on the ACE website or by phoning ACE on 020 7973 5188. The need for import licences varies from country to country and you should acquaint yourself with all relevant local requirements and provisions before bidding. The refusal of any such licences shall not permit the cancelling of any sale nor allow any delay in making full payment for the lot.

Own a similar item?

Receive alerts about similar lots

Continue Browsing

View More Lots View More Lots

LOT 36

Alexandre Nikolayevich Benois, Russian/French 1870-1960-   Costume design for...

Estimate: £600 - £800

LOT 37

Raymond-Jean Legueult, French 1898-1971-   'Femmes sur la plage', 1956;  

Estimate: £150 - £250

LOT 38

Raymond-Jean Legueult, French 1898-1971-   'Les Sorbiers I', 1956;  

Estimate: £200 - £300

LOT 39

Antonio Lago Rivera, Spanish/French 1916-1990 -   'Rosa', 1958;    

Estimate: £200 - £400

LOT 40

Paul Jenkins, American 1923-2012 Untitled, circa 1960; watercolour, signed 'Paul...

Estimate: £800 - £1200

LOT 41

Thomas Erma, Estonian b.1939- 1964-     Untitled, 1962;   mixed media on...

Estimate: £100 - £150

LOT 42

Norman Bluhm, American 19211999-   A panel from Green Triptych, 1957;  

Estimate: £4000 - £6000

LOT 43

Augustus John OM RA, British 1878-1961-   'Self Portrait in Hat...

Estimate: £400 - £600

LOT 44

Augustus John OM RA, British 1878-1961-   'The Amorous Tramp';   etching,...

Estimate: £200 - £300

LOT 45

Paul Nash, British 1889-1946-   'Bouquet', 1927;   woodcut on wove paper,...

Estimate: £300 - £500

LOT 46

Bernard Buffet, French 1928-1999-   Poster for Galerie David et Garnier,...

Estimate: £200 - £300

LOT 47

Nicolas de Staël, French 1929-2008-   Méditerranée, 1952;   pochoir in...

Estimate: £80 - £120

LOT 48

Roger Mühl, French 1929-2008-   Untitled;   Lithograph in colours, signed

Estimate: £80 - £120

LOT 49

Roger Mühl, French 1929-2008-   Untitled;     lithograph printed in...

Estimate: £80 - £120

LOT 50

Jules Cavailles, French 1901-1977-   Window into the Harbour ;  

Estimate: £80 - £120

LOT 51

Jules Cavailles, French 1901-1977-   'Le martin pêcheur', circa 1960;  

Estimate: £80 - £120

Newsletter Signup

Keyword Alerts