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Ceramics / Soviet Ceramics. XX Century

"BALLET DANCES T. KARSAVINA AS THE FIREBIRD IN THE BALLET BY I. STRAVINSKY" FIGURINE

Ivanov Dmitry Iosifovich

form

model - 1920, produced in 1920s

Петроград-Ленинград

КП 557, КМП 184

Porcelain, painting over glaze, gold plating, burnishing on porcelain

22х9,3х8,3 cm

Ceramics Department

At the beginning of the 1920-s the factory manufactured a series of figurines for export. The series depicted the most famous artists of the Russian musical theater: Nijinsky, Pavlova, Fedorova, Reich, and others. The series was inspired by the overwhelming popularity of the Russian Seasons in Paris.

Tamara Platonovna Karsavina, a famous dancer of Mariinsky Theater performed in all Russian Seasons from 1909 to 1929 and played the main roles in the productions by M.M. Fokin. In 1910 the Russian company staged The Firebird by I.F. Stravinsky in the production by M.M. Fokin at Grand Opera in Paris. The play was a resounding success and gained excited appraisal from the critics.

The sculpture T. Karsavina as the Firebird and a matching figurine M.M. Fokin as Ivan the Prince were exhibited worldwide and won a silver medal at Paris International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in 1925.