Lot n° 60
1500 - 1800
Result without fees
: 3 200EUR
Silver centerpiece 84 zolotniks (875 thousandths) embossed and chased in the Art Nouveau style, formed by a figure of a dancer on foot winding in stylized vines, it supported a cup probably in crystal (missing). The quadripod base engraved with a dedication in French, on one side "1898-1908 / To Mademoiselle L. Starck / Her comrades / of the Imperial Theatre Michel" and on the other "St Petersburg / January 12 / 1908".
St. Petersburg, 1899-1908.
Goldsmith : GRACHEV Brothers.
H. : 40 cm - L. : 23 cm. Weight : 1681 g.
Gift given to the French actress Louisa STARCK called "Mademoiselle Starck", on January 12, 1908, probably on the occasion of her farewell to the Imperial Theatre Michel of St. Petersburg after ten years of activity, on behalf of her comrades.
Miss Starck is quoted in several gazettes of the time, in particular in Le Figaro of January 17, 1902 for her remarkable performance of Yvette in St. Petersburg. The actress is known to have chosen a play entitled "Le Friquet" for her benefit in 1904. This was the nickname of the main heroine, a girl, who was raised by a circus clown and became an exceptional rider and acrobat. Newspapers of the time described "Miss Starck has created a very original, artistically true, lively, amusing and extremely touching figure of a little acrobat in love".
The Imperial Michael Theatre was named after Grand Duke Michael, the youngest son of Paul I, whose nearby Michael Palace now houses the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. From the 1870s onwards, the theatre was the permanent home of a French troupe, receiving its name "Théâtre-Français".
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