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On 27th April, we are proud to present you the lots of our April auction, dedicated to
the World Theatre Day!

Lot 544, Russian Art Catalogue • BALLET PROGRAMME
Matilda Kshesinskaya and Imperial Theaters, « La Perle » (Pearl),
July 18, 1898, Peterhof.

Illustrations N.Samokish and E. Samokish-Sudkovskaya. Typography of Imperial Theaters. The wonderful ballet « Pearl» was created by Marius Petipa to the music of Riccardo Drigo, famous composer of the Imperial Theaters, on the occasion of the coronation of Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna. The participation of Kshesinskaya, the former mistress of Nicholas II, was initially considered tactless in relation to the future empress. The most profitable part was received by Italian Pierina Legnani, the ballet was completely rehearsed. Kshesinskaya considered this a personal insult. For her leading role, Nikolai's Uncle, Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich, asked on her behalf. A week later, the composer Drigo had to rewrite the finished score, and the choreographer Petipa came up with another pas de deux for Yellow Pearl. Matilda Kshesinskaya has achieved the impossible - including herself in the already staged, fully completed performance. Kshesinskaya's participation in this premiere, which took place in Moscow on May 17, 1896 at the coronation celebration, became for her the restoration of her former situation.The presented, richly illustrated and magnificent programme is a later performance of the legendary ballet in Peterhof.

Mademoiselle Kshesinskaya is listed in first place. Rare in excellent condition.

Congratulations to all the wonderful theatre, opera and ballet actors, dancers, choreographers, directors, backstage staff with the World Theatre Day!

For the upcoming auction of Russian Art we are happy to present you:

Lot 489 • BAKST, Lev Samoilovich (1866-1924)
« Costume design for the tragedy of Phaedra » for Ida Rubinstein. 1922

Lot 545 • BALLET PROGRAM
Le Jardin Animé (Corsair) and Le Vaudeville Comedy diplomate (Diplomatist).
Theater de l ' Hermitage (Hermitage Theater), St. Petersburg, January 16, 1898, illustration by N. Samokish.

Lot 548 • LIFAR Serge Mikhailovich (1905-1986) - Photo with Autograph


Lot 552 • Two programs of Russian seasons in Théâtre National de l'Opera and Théâtre Sarah-Bernhard 1910 and 1911.

Lot 501 • Dmitri BOUCHENE (1893-1993). Sketch of theatrical scenery

Lot 502 • Dmitri BOUCHENE (1893-1993), Costume design for the ballet « Le Nozze di Aurora », 1956

Lot 503 • Dmitri BOUCHENE (1893-1993), Costume Designs for «L'incoronazione di Poppea», 1953
Do not miss this lot in our MANUSCRIPT AUCTION in Monte-Carlo:
Autograph letter from Alexandre II to Katya Dolgorukaya, St. Petersburg, Tuesday, February 6, 1868. To read more

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