(Fanny Elssler)

(Fanny Elssler.) Sketched design of the left oval Latin American landscape sujet within the depiction of the famous ballet-dancer Fanny Elssler (1810-1884, “ecstasiated all Europe”, Max Osborn, 1910) as cachucha dancer in the 3rd act of the “Balett du Diable boiteux” drafted as illustration design for cigar-boxes. Pencil set into checkered pattern with ornamentation in brush & gold relief painting on cardboard. C. 1920. 2⅞ × 2 in (74 × 50 mm).

Cigar-Box  Detail  Illustration  Design. – Lower right in the checkered pattern written reg. no. “zu # 3733” (as the reg. no. of the afore completed design). – Traces of mounting on the back.

“ Fanny Elssler celebrated her first triumphs in Berlin in 1830. After great successes in the European capitals and after she also had created a sensation in America in 1841 she retired from the stage in 1851 ”

(Moufang, Alt-Berlin in Porzellan, p. 18, no. 20; available here as no. 56/100 copies of the luxury edition in vellum).

Instantly after her touring Cuba 1845 she figured on a cigar-box label there as so far earliest known celebrity label.

the collection is sold only as a whole / price on application

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