Neal Prince Trust
being the Grantor to the
Neal A. Prince and Herbert W. Hemphill, Jr. Estate Holding Trust u/a/d 05/08/2000,
which is the legal owner of this item below:

BAKST, Leon (1866-1924), Russian
Water Color on Board, Set Design for an Opera
"Daphnis et Chole"
(31-½" x 51") ca. 1912

Neal Prince:

Artist A - G

Artist H - P

Artist Q - T

Artist U - Z


Costume Design Collection

Neal Prince & Herbert W. Hemphill, Jr. Collections 1950-1967

Fine Arts Appraisal for Herbert W. Hemphill, Jr., 1964

Fine Arts Appraisal for Neal Prince, 1969



(a/k/a Lev Samoilovich Rosenberg)

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000016
Leon Bakst (1866-1924), Russian, Water Colour,"Parting of Daphnis and Chloe", Act 3, (31-½" x 51")

Leon Bakst (Lev Samoilovich Rosenberg)(1866-1924), Russian
This item was deaccession This item was deaccession on November 1, 2016, which it was Auctioned off at Heritage Auctions on May 25th, being that certain 20th Century Design Auction Sale.

Artist:           Leon Bakst, (1866-1924), Russian

Title:            Shepherd and Shepherdess with flock²

Production:  Parting of Daphnis and Chloe, Act 3 (III)

Date:            1912 (Acquired in 1954¹)

Medium:      Original Set Design

Materials:    Water Color on Beige Paper

Markings:     Signed. Lower Right Corner

Dimensions: 31-½" x 51"

Framed:        Yes, item has remained in the original frame when acquired by Mr. Prince and Mr. Hemphill, Jr.

Inventory No:NAPT.1999.000016

Provenance:  Neal Prince Trust u/a/d 10.18.1999

Mr. Neal Prince

Mr. Neal Prince and Mr. Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.¹

LA Vielle Russie Gallery, 781 Fifth Avenue, New York

Provenance:  Source documentation for the Fine Arts Appraisal for Herbert W. Hemphill, Jr., May 12, 1964, Page 5/13


Footnote:             Provenance is fully noted within Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. (a/k/a Bert) insurance policy executed by Neal Prince in 1964 and is filed with the Smithsonian Institute American Archives in Box 6, in Folders 13-18.


Footnote¹:            This item is part of Mr. Prince's Theatre Collection.


 Footnote:             "Notes on the Daphnis et Chloe Ballet: The lovers' sings among the sheep, the pirates' brutal interruption, the least terrifying of storms succeeded by the most perfectly curved rainbows; dainty dresses which might have been designed by Ovid, and rags corroded by sea-iodine. Monsieur Bakst has shown us a fearsome glimpse between two mossy glades and the rugged creek where the pirate’s chain up poor Chloe while they indulge in their rough horse-play and nothing could provide a more delightful contrast to their gruesome gambols than Daphnis' dance, tinkling and twinkling dew, or the ever-breaking garland of the most Latin of farandoles. Do the pirates really exist, or are they the creations of a nightmare? - And those metallic goddesses? And the great god Pan? May not the whole thing more likely be a figment of Daphnis' dreaming fancy?...."Daphnis et Chloe" ends with an awakening which suggests exactly the requisite degree of dazzled disillusion." Page 45-6, Publication: "THE DECORATIVE ART OF LEON BAKST, Appreciation by Arsene Alexandre, Notes of the Ballet by Jean Cocteau, c. 1913, reissued 1970, Benjamin Blom, Inc., New York, N.Y. 10025.


Published:    Published in the Book: THE DECORATIVE ART OF LEON BAKST, by Arsene Alexandre, © 1913, reprint © 1971, Benjamin Blom Publishers, New York, New York; plate 57. Dimensions: (31-½” x 51”), copy on file within the Trust.


                    Museums and Public Art Galleries that hold said Artist works:

                               ArtInstitute of Chicago
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Museum of Fine Arts,
National Gallery of Australia
Harvard University Art Museums
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University

National Gallery of Armenia


Leon Bakst (1866-1924), Russian

Leon Bakst was born in St. Petersburg. Bakst is a sensational stage and costume designer for Sergei Diaghilev's "Ballets Russes" Leon Bakst was one of the most sensational designers of the century – grandiose, sensual, overwhelming, and a crucial influence on Art Deco as well as the Diaghilev ballet. His designs are a mingling of very elegant and refined styles, themes and techniques, influenced by Greek vase painters and miniaturists. The use of vivid color is what Bakst is best remembered for in his designs. He died in Paris in 1924. 

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