CLAUDE-JEAN BESSELIÈVRE (FRENCH, B. 1779) A Russian ballerina in ermine-trimmed green velvet dress and cap Signed and dated ‘Besselievre / El. De M. / Augustin / an 1810’ (mid-left) On ivory Oval, 186 mm. high, rectangular gilt-bronze frame
PROVENANCE: Goldschmidt Collection, Vienna, by 1911. Theodor Bergman Collection, Vienna. Maximilian Kellner Collection, Vienna, by 1924. With Leo R. Schidlof, from whom acquired by Ernst Holzscheiter in Paris, 10 January 1935 (inv. nos. MD/0071 and 68).