Meissen Art Deco Figure of Eusebius by Paul Scheurich, c.1913-23

From the ballet 'Carnaval' produced by Sergei Diaghilev and performed by the Ballets Russes to the music of Robert Schumann's piano suite Carnaval. The part of Eusebius was danced by Aleksandr Shiryaev. The models for 'Carnaval' were the first to be produced by Paul Scheurich for Meissen. Early drawings and photographs of the dancers show how the models are true renditions of the characters in the ballet, including the original costume designs by Leon Bakst. Eusebius is stood in a pose above a top hat, cane, mask and cape on an oval base looking up, wearing chequered trousers and turquoise jacket. Blue crossed swords, impressed model number D 284, impressed assembler's number 49, black painted decorator's number 27 to the base, circa 1913-23.
24 cm high.


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