30 November 2005
Nikolai Konstantinovich Rerikh [Roerich] (1874-1947)
Décor for Tristan & Isolde; Act III, 'Tristan's castle'
GBP 80,000 - GBP 100,000
signed with the artist's monogram (lower left) and inscribed 'MD' (on the reverse)
tempera on canvas
21 x 31 in. (53.3 x 78.7 cm.)
Louis Horch, New York.
Thence by descent to the present owner.
Exhibition catalogue; The Nicholas Roerich Exhibition, New York, 1924, illustrated.
N. Roerich et. al., Roerich. Himalaya., New York, 1926. p. 198. Exhibition catalogue; La Revue du Vrai et du Beau, Paris, 1929, p. 19, illustrated.
A. V. Yaremenko, Roerich, New York, 1931, p. 37.
E. Iakovleva, Teatral'no-dekoratsionnoe iskusstva, The Czech Republic, 1996, p. 214, no. 283, illustrated.
An opera in three acts by Wagner, Tristan & Isolde was composed between 1857-59 and based on the characters from Arthurian legend. Roerich produced stage designs for the 1922 unrealised production by the Chicago Opera Company.
We are grateful to Gvido Trepsa and The Roerich Museum, New York, for their assistance with the cataloguing of the present lot.