Tag Archives: Ballet Russes

Authenticating a Picasso Drawing

Provenance research can be like looking for a needle in a haystack, where sometimes what you find is a strong thread. Such was the case with a Picasso drawing that will be sold on May 16, 2014 in the American & European Works of Art auction at Skinner in Boston.

George Leslie Stout, the Fogg Art Museum’s first conservation department head, articulated the best practices for art authentication as a “three-legged stool,” and his model is still generally accepted today.… Read More

A Celebration of Russian Culture

This autumn season is turning out to be about all things Russian. In September, Skinner auctioned The Robert Bunting Dance Collection, which included period artifacts from the golden age of the Ballet Russes. A costume design by Léon Bakst for the marchioness in The Sleeping Beauty sold for $66,000 and Pavel Tchelitchew’s Group of Dancers in a Scene from L’Errante brought $26,400.

As Russian culture was being celebrated at Skinner, I was honored when Kent dur Russell, director of the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, invited me to attend the Salomé Ball in Boston on November 16, 2013.… Read More

American & European Works of Art Auction Grosses $3.2 Million
Auction Led by Sale of Fitz Henry Lane Painting

BOSTON, MA – September 26, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce robust results from its auction of American & European Works of Art , held last Friday, September 20. The sale brought in a total of $3,224,049.85, including buyer’s premium, demonstrating Skinner’s continued strength in the sale of fine paintings, prints, and photography.

Fitz Henry Lane

Skinner remains a leader in the sale of works by the American painter and printmaker Fitz Henry Lane.… Read More

20th Century Set and Costume Designs for the Ballet

A Lecture on the Robert Bunting Collection by Hermine Chivian-Cobb

Skinner is pleased to present Hermine Chivian-Cobb,  independent fine art appraiser and consultant, for a lecture on The Robert Bunting Dance Collection.  She is a former Director of the Drawings Division at Sotheby’s New York, where she created the department of Dance and Theatre design and is a frequent lecturer on authenticity, connoisseurship and trends in the art market.… Read More

Ballet Art and the Robert Bunting Collection

Guest blog post by Hermine Chivian-Cobb, private art dealer and certified appraiser in the Appraisers Association of America

The Robert Bunting Collection of costume and set designs, posters and photographs for ballet is extremely rich and diversified. It ranges from the 17th to the 20th century, and includes works for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, the Nijinska Théâtre de la Danse, the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Royal Ballet and the New York City Ballet, among many others.… Read More