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Pavel Tchelitchew, Russian 1898-1957-  Costume design for Concerto: Le Prince, 1942;  pencil,...

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Lot 342

Pavel Tchelitchew, 
Russian 1898-1957- 
Costume design for Concerto: Le Prince, 1942; 

Price Realised: £2,886

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (31.2% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 342


Pavel Tchelitchew, 
Russian 1898-1957- 

Costume design for Concerto: Le Prince, 1942; 

pencil, watercolour, and bodycolour on paper, inscribed 'III partie Mozart le Prince' (upper edge), numbered '12' (lower right), with a sheet of handwriting in French and diagrams of clothing verso, 36 x 18.8 cm. 

Anon. sale, Sotheby's, New York, 12 October 1991, lot 68. 
with Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York; 
where purchased by Robert Bunting, 11 May 1993. 
The Robert Bunting Dance Collection sale, Skinner, New York, 20 September 2013, lot 442. 

New York, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, 'Pavel Tchelitchew: Nature Transformed', 3 April-29 May 1993. 

'Pavel Tchelitchew: Nature Transformed', exhibition catalogue, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York,1993, p.28 (illustrated). 

Having fled Russia at the onset of the revolution in 1917, Tchelitchew studied at the Kiev Academy under the artist and designer Aleksandra Ekster (1882-1949). After moving to Paris in 1913, he established friendships with key figures in the contemporary avant-garde movement, such as Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) and Edith Sitwell (1887-1964). 

Tchelitchew began his career as a theatre designer, and it was in this capacity that he worked with the ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev (1872-1929) and the choreographer George Balanchine (1904-1983). The present work is a design for the ballet 'Violin Concerto', set to Mozart's Violin Concerto no.5, and choreographed by Balanchine in 1942 for the Ballet of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. According to Donald Windham, who was a friend of Tchelitchew, this was one of final two productions that the artist worked on before focusing his energies more on his painting. 

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