Romain de Tirtoff, better known as Erté, moved to Paris from St. Petersburg when he was 18 years old to pursue fashion and costume design. With the help of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, Erté grew to become a leading designer of French performance halls, women’s fashion, and theatrical costumes. His lavish yet simple designs placed him at the forefront of the Art Deco movement. Heritage Auctions will present almost 100 items designed by Erté in the upcoming Art & Costume Design Online Auction. Painted bronze sculptures, serigraph prints, and costume sketches from Erté will be offered in the sale.
Among the leading lots is a set of ten original embossed serigraphs signed by the artist. Collectively titled Numbers, each print shows a woman or pair of women arranged to resemble the numbers zero to nine. Number Two is formed by a woman resting on her shins, while Number Six shows a woman as a charioteer. Several mirrors are also available in this sale, including a bronze wall mirror from 1985 titled Narcissism. Erté’s jewelry works presented in the auction include ruby and diamond earrings and amethyst rings. View the full catalog and register to bid by visiting Heritage Auctions.
Lot Categories:Decorative Arts, Fine Art (98)
# of Lots:98
Price Range:$200 - $5,000.
Interesting lots include:
|Item Image||Item Name||Estimate|
|Numbers (10 works in original portfolio), 1980|| Estimate: |
|The Slave, 1988|| Estimate: |
|June Brides (two works), 1985|| Estimate: |
|Costume Design|| Estimate: |
|An Erté Narcissism Bronze Wall Mirror, circa 1985|| Estimate: |
|A Pair of Erté Rayonnement 14K Gold, Ruby, Diamond, and Enamel Earrings in Original Box, late 20th century|| Estimate: |