bronze sculpture 44 cm high, signed in Russian "Г. Дерюжинский" and dated 1916, bears foundry mark "ОТЛИВАЛ КАРЛ РОБЕККИ С.ПЕТЕРБУРГ"
Provenance: Lot # 1360 Elegante stehende Dame mit Barsoi (1916) Sculpture-Volume , Bronze , 44 cm Auction Koller, Zürich ZH Switzerland, 21 Sep 2006
In this one of his earliest works (created in Russia and executed in bronze by one of the most authoritative Russian casting workshops "Karl Robekki" in St. Petersburg), the sculptor largely anticipated (expected and embodied) the main trends of the still emerging style of Art Deco; he will later become one of the Art Deco classics in USA. A photograph of the bronze "The Countess Susan de Robien with the Greyhound" was published in the magazine "The World of Art". The countess' s husband was Louis de Robien (1888-1958), a French diplomat who served in St. Petersburg since 1914 as an attaché (in 1918 received the rank of third secretary), with ambassadors Paleolog and Noulance.
В этой одной из своих наиболее ранних работ (выполненных ещё в России и исполненных в бронзе одной из самых авторитетных русских литейных мастерских Карла Робекки в Санкт-Петербурге), скульптор в значительной степени предвосхитил (предчувствовал и воплотил) основные тенденции пока только возникающего стиля Арт Деко, одним из классиков которого ему предстояло стать значительно позже в Америке Фото бронзовой статуэтки «Графиня Сюзан де Робьен с борзой» была помещена в журнале «Мир искусства». Муж графини - Луи де Робьен (1888-1958), французский дипломат, служивший в Петербурге с 1914 г. в ранге атташе (в 1918 г. получил ранг третьего секретаря), при послах Палеологе и Нулансе.
Madonna with a Child. Carved pear-wood icon plaque, signed and dated 1946 on the side, 10 1/2"h, 10" wide. Bibliography: “American Artists from the Russian Empire” State Russian Museum, Tretiakov Gallery 2009, Palace Editions, ( illustrated on p. 35). In an original mesh-style hand-carved and guild American arts&crafts beginning of 20th century frame by Newcomb-Macklin.
Head of Yvonne D'Arle, inscribed with the name of the sitter on pedestal, signed Gleb De Rujinsky and dated 1920 Redwood sculpture 20 inches high. Exhibited: The Milch Galleries NYC 24.11-03.12 1921 #8 of the catalog, illustrated [Actual meaning of family name Derujinsky in Russian is "sackcloth" (дерюга) or "made of sackcloth". In this his sculpture executed just after his arrival in USA and probably going symmetrical with the name of the sitter M'lle D'Arle (then a well known soprano singing in Metropolitan opera) and also willing to attenuate his aristocratic origins the artist is using a very "French" version of his name "Gleb De Rujinsky".]
Adam and Eve, fruit wood pair of sculptures;
executed as a standing pair of figures on realistically carved pedestals; Eve holds an apple in her outstretched right hand, Adam reaches towards it with his left hand; incised in Latin Derujinsky on pedestals; height: 39.6cm (15 3/8in). Provenance:
Stair Galleries, Claverack, USA, April 22, 2006, lot 2; Bonhams, 2 Dec 2015 London, New Bond Street The Russian Sale lot 20
Promethius bronze sculpture - executed as a figure of young Prometheus holding flame in his outstretched right hand and balancing on a stepped cliff, mounted on square green stone base, marked and dated '1939' on bronze cliff height: 69.2cm (27 1/4in). Literature: Gleb W. Derujinsky. Sculpture, 2002, page 23, illustrated Provenance: Bonhams London Russian sale 8.6.2016 lot 78
Hands of pianist Xenia Prochorowa on a stylized keyboard The sculpture (11" x 11" x 8") is mounted on a square of light green and black marble. The total dimensions are 14" x 14" x 9". The back of the sculpture is signed by the artist and dated 1946. The bronze plaque reads: Hands of Prochorowa by Gleb Derujinsky USA. Xenia Prochorowa was a Russian pianist who concertized extensively in the US, Europe, and South America in the 1940's and 50's. Her playing was commended by Maurice Ravel and her recordings and memorabilia are now housed in the Stanford University Archive of Recorded Sound. Provenance: acquired from Prochorowa's grandniece.
Bronze figural sculpture of Hermes the ancient Greek herald and messenger of the gods and the god of roads, commerce, invention, cunning, and theft. Measures 23"H, 5"W, 3½"D Exhibited: Milch galleries May 1921 NY (#8 of the catalog- titled "Mercury"; Milch Galleries NYC Nov 24-Dec 3 1921 cat # 26 Provenance: Braswell Galleries, Stamford, CT.
Anna Pavlova's foot. Signed "G. Derujinsky" and stamped "MODERN ART/FDRY N.Y" on cast base.
Bronze, 6 3/4 x 5 x 2 5/8 in. (17.2 x 12.7 x 6.7 cm), mounted to a beveled wooden plinth.
see confirmation at artist's granddaughter Andrea Derujinsky face book page: https://www.facebook.com/GlebWDerujinsky?sk=timeline&ref=stream&filter=3
Lady Diana Cooper Exhibited: M. Knoedler &Co, London July 17-28 1928 #2 of the catalog Bibliography: Irina Bulazel “Gleb W. Derujinsky, Sculpture” Istituto Arti Grafiche Mengarelli Rome Italy 2002 – description on p. 52 Enclosed: photograph of gesso original inscribed by the author: "With best wishes of happiness to Mr. C.L. Cooper [husband of the sitter] the author Gleb Derujinsky 26 Oct 1922"
A Pair of Bronze Figural Bookends of Poseidon and Aphrodite the one inscribed 'G. Derujinsky © 1922' and 'R.B.W' (stands for Roman Bronze works), the other inscribed '© G. Derujinsky 1922.' 8in. (20.3cm.) and 7in. (17.8cm.) high, on giallo antico marble bases, rich blackish brown patina Exhibited: William Macbeth Galleries NYC 16.2-8.3 1926, catalog # 25. Provenance: Jackson's: Tuesday, July 17, 2007 [Lot 00636] Fine Art and Antique Auction. Bibliography: Irina Bulazel “Gleb W. Derujinsky, Sculpture” Istituto Arti Grafiche Mengarelli Rome Italy 2002 – description on p. 54.
Venus Marina - A Bronze Group of Venus with two Putti inscribed 'G Derujinsky 1923' and 'R.B.W.' 9 in. (22.9 cm.) high, rich blackish-brown patina Exhibited: William Macbeth Galleries NYC 16.2-8.3 1926, catalog # 23 Bibliography: Irina Bulazel “Gleb W. Derujinsky, Sculpture” Istituto Arti Grafiche Mengarelli Rome Italy 2002 – description on p. 54.
Three Graces, bronze group. Height 14 3/4 inches, signed G. Derujinsky at the base , dated 1937 and numbered ex. N4 /(9). ).Exhibited: 44th Annual Exhibition of American Paintings and Sculptures, The Art Institute of Chicago, Oct 20- Dec13 1931, #228 of the catalog.
Bibliography: Irina Bulazel “Gleb W. Derujinsky, Sculpture” Istituto Arti Grafiche Mengarelli Rome Italy 2002 – description on p. 54.
Leda and the Swan. Marble Signed and dated "Gleb Derujinsky 1937" on the reverse, 12x15x6 in. Exhibitions: Marble and Bronze: 100 Years of American Sculpture 1840-1940, Adams Davidson Galleries, Washington, D.C., October 9-November 16, 1984, illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, p. 35 and on the cover Provenance: Estate of Dr. Annella Brown; . Compare: earlier wooden version . exhibited: Russian Painting and Sculpture. Brooklyn Museum 1923 #8 (illustrated in the catalog). Bibliography: Irina Bulazel “Gleb W. Derujinsky, Sculpture” Istituto Arti Grafiche Mengarelli Rome Italy 2002 – description on p. 52.
Ida Rubinstein as Zobeida in Scheherezade (Odalisque). circa 1911 Bronze, 17.25 inches tall, signed and numbered #4 on the base Exhibited: Milch Galleries NYC Nov 24-Dec 3 1921 cat # 27; Provenance: The Alfred Cheney Johnston Collection; Nest Egg Auctions, Meriden CT 4.16..2011 lot 238.
Bibliography: Irina Bulazel “Gleb W. Derujinsky, Sculpture” Istituto Arti Grafiche Mengarelli Rome Italy 2002 – description on p. 55, illustrated on p. 29.
see confirmation at at artist's granddaughter Andrea Derujinsky face book page: https://www.facebook.com/GlebWDerujinsky?sk=timeline&ref=stream&filter=3
Crouching Nude Carved Lignum Vitae (iron wood) on granite pedestal 11x7x9 inches,c 1940 signed G. Derujinsky Provenance: family of the sculptor Bibliography: Irina Bulazel “Gleb W. Derujinsky, Sculpture” Istituto Arti Grafiche Mengarelli Rome Italy 2002 – description on p. 54, illustrated on p. 28..
GlebPortrait of his son Gleb junior (1925-2011) as a child. Terracota, signed G. Derujinsky15 inches high, c 1928 Provenance: family of the sculptor.
(Gleb Derujinsky Junior is shown on a photo to the right with that sculpture in background) see confirmation at at artist's granddaughter Andrea Derujinsky face book page:
Christ, Descent from the cross bronze 19 inches high, signed on pedestal, before 1930 (a wooden version exhibited at “Recent Work by Distinguished Sculptors” Brooklyn Museum, 1930, #88 of the catalog) . Provenance: family of the artist. Bibliography: Irina Bulazel “Gleb W. Derujinsky, Sculpture” Istituto Arti Grafiche Mengarelli Rome Italy 2002 – description on p. 55, illustrated on p. 42.
Karsavina in “Carnival”. Bronze, c.1919, signed, 34cm high While working on that sculpture Derujinsky was evidently using a well known photograph of Karsavina dancing Colombina - shown to the right. Bibliography: Sotheby's , New York NY 07 Nov 1991 ["These two sculptures were among the first sculptures executed by Derujinsky after his arrival to the United States from Russia in 1919, and were included in his 1921 exhibition at Milch galleries." ]
After sorrow analysis of all art history sources concerned we currently came to a necessity to change our previous attribution of both models (which were previously believed to be Adolf Bolm and Ruth Page who had danced in "Carnival" first time in 1924 - thus making it impossible for Derujinsky to create this pair of sculptures in 1919 and to exhibit it in 1921) and to accept as models the only other pair of dancers - Vaslav Nijinsky and Tamara Karsavina, whom Derujinsky could have seen in Diaghilev's "Carnival" premiered in Saint-Petersburg in1910. Here comes another similar opinion about that pair of sculptures: "Derujinsky probably didn't know much about American ballet. If he were still in Russia, it seems more likely he would sculpt Karsavina and Nijinski rather than Bolm and Ruth Page, especially since Bolm and Page didn't dance La Carnaval until approximately five years after the sculptures were created and a year after the sculptures were exhibited. " [http://community.ebay.com/t5/Archive-Collectibles/Help-with-Signature-of-Artist/td-p/18086111/page/2]
Mater Dolorosa Our Lady of Sorrows, Angel of Sorrow (Mater dolorosa, Богоматерь скорбящая) Alabaster 13 inches high, c 1925, signed on the back; Exhibited: Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition. Painting, Sculpture and Prints. Philadelphia. 1926., #1441 of the catalog; William Macbeth Galleries NYC 16.2-8.3 1926, catalog #31; Knoedler-London-Exhibition of recent sculpture by Gleb Derujinsky; July 17 to 28, 1928 cat # 12; Allied Artists of America, Fifty-Sixth Annual Exhibition, National Academy Galleries New York, October 30- November 16 1969, #173 (illustrated in the catalog), awarded Gold Medal of Honor.
Natalie Portrait of his daughter Natalie as a child. Terracota on a wood pedestal signed G. Derujinsky 6 inches high, c 1950
Bibliography: Irina Bulazel “Gleb W. Derujinsky, Sculpture” Istituto Arti Grafiche Mengarelli Rome Italy 2002 – description on p. 54. see confirmation at artist's granddaughter Andrea Derujinsky face book page: https://www.facebook.com/GlebWDerujinsky?sk=timeline&ref=stream&filter=3
Andromeda and Perseus Circa 1930
Dimensions: 8.125" high x 4" wide
Medium: Terra cotta
Both signed on reverse
This pair of terra cotta panels are unique pieces, exhibiting both bas relief and incised design. The chained Andromeda figure, for example, exquisitely captures the nude female form; in the background, Derujinsky incised Greek temples and other details into the clay.
[Andromeda is a princess from Greek mythology who, as divine punishment for her mother's bragging, the Boast of Cassiopeia, was chained to a rock as a sacrifice to a sea monster. She was saved from death by Perseus, her future husband.]
Three Busts of American Presidents: a/ Theodore Roosevelt,1919, bronze finished alvastone, 10 inches high (left) Original in bronze is at Theodore Roosevelt association, NYC
Bibliography: Irina Bulazel “Gleb W. Derujinsky, Sculpture” Istituto Arti Grafiche Mengarelli Rome Italy 2002 – illustrated on p. 48.
b/ Franklin D. Roosevelt, bronze finished aluminum alloy 6 inches high (right) Full size bust was presented to Presidential Library in NY Hyde Park by the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union on January 30, 1947 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/517158776/)
Bibliography: Irina Bulazel “Gleb W. Derujinsky, Sculpture” Istituto Arti Grafiche Mengarelli Rome Italy 2002 – description on p. 52, illustrated on p. 22.
c/Bust plaster sculpture of Franklin D. Roosevelt by Gleb Derujinsky, signed, 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
Kneeling nude female Carrara marble Signed and dated "Gleb Derujinsky 1927" on the reverse, 11x10x8 in. Exhibited: “Recent Work by Distinguished Sculptors” Brooklyn Museum, 1930, #82 of the catalog Provenance: The Eileen and Marvin Reingold Collection; Rago Art Auction, Lambertville, New Jersey 5.12.2012 lot 204
Sir John Lavery, R.A., 1928 Signed G Derujinsky, dated 1928 and inscribed London
Patinated bronze, on a marble base Height 13 inches
Provenance:The artist; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 34.136 (purchased from the above in 1934) ; Doyle New York, auction 03.10.2015 lot 11.
Exhibited: London, Knoedler Galleries, 1928 New York, Grand Central Art Galleries, 1929
New York, Wildenstein Galleries, 1933, C Property of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A BRONZE FIGURAL GROUP OF DIANA THE HUNTRESS WITH HOUND AND STAG, INSCRIBED G DERUJINSKY PBu. Co. Munich, Made in Germany , CIRCA 1925 14½in. (37cm.) high, 19in. (48.5cm.) wide Provenance: Sale Christie’s 1857 The House Sale lot 1018 10 - 12 July 2007 New York, Rockefeller Plaza; Sale Christie’s 2590 lot 407 500 Years Decorative Arts Europe 17 - 18 October 2012 New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Similar but less impressive "Diana" by Boris Lovet-Lorski (see image to the right) was sold at Sotheby's New York in 2007 for $120,000.-
Gleb W. Derujinsky Horatio H. Kitchener Coin-Medal 7/8 oz Sterling Silver Proof 27th Commemorative Privately Struck by International Fraternal Commemorative Society Minted by Franklin Mint (the intertwined ‘F’ and ‘M’’ hallmark on the rim) in 1970 (‘70’ hallmark on the rim) 39 mm in diameter, 1255/1293 pieces struck
[Horatio Kitchener was British’s Secretary of State for War (Defense Minister). He correctly predicted there will be a long war with Germany, require huge new armies and stockpile of ammunition. He started a massive recruitment campaign, which featured a distinctive poster of Kitchener, who pointing the finger at you “Britons Wants You!” It may have encouraged large numbers of volunteers and has proven to be one of the most enduring images of the war, having been copied and parodied many times since. (The poster looks like British version of “Uncle Same Wants You!”). In 1883 Kitchener became a Freemason. He was initiated in Cairo at La Concordia Lodge number 1226, English constitution. Throughout his adult life Kitchener was a dedicated and very active Freemason, being a Founder Member of numerous Masonic Lodges and having several Lodges named after him.]