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Russian folk art chair

This carved wooden chair is after a model by Vasili Petrovich Shutov, a St. Petersburg craftsman and instructor at the city’s Central School of Technical Drawing. The chair was first presented to the public at the All-Russian Manufacturing Exhibition at St. Petersburg in 1870. Known as the Shutov chair and informally as ‘Bow, Axe, and […]

Mongolian Head, 1926-28

Dora Gordine, Mongolian Head, 1926-8, bronze

Mongolian Head, also exhibited as Tarter Head, was completed while Gordine was living and working in Paris in the late 1920s. Mongolian Head is one of three works by Gordine known to have been photographed by the visual artist Man Ray. 

Dame Beryl Grey, 1954

Dora Gordine, Dame Beryl Grey, 1954, bronze

Beryl Grey (1927-2022) trained as a ballerina at Sadlers Wells (now The Royal Ballet), becoming one of its four principal ballerinas in 1953. In 1957, she became the first Western ballerina invited to dance with the Bolshoi and Kirov ballet companies and danced with the Peking Ballet in 1964. Following her retirement from dancing, she […]

Cast iron model of a bear in a troika


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Self Portrait/Purple Head, 1933

Dora Gordine, Self Portrait/Purple Head, 1933, bronze

Gordine sculpted this self-portrait head in 1933 at her Johor Bahru studio in Malaya (now Malaysia); it was cast by Valsuani in Paris. She took an active role in all stages of the sculpture process, including the patination of the finished work. According to Maren Friedman, one of her sitters, “I know that achieving the […]

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