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Maria Ballet Figure Kasli Iron Works

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  • Maria Ballet Figure Kasli Iron Works
  • Maria Ballet Figure Kasli Iron Works
  • Maria Ballet Figure Kasli Iron Works
  • Maria Ballet Figure Kasli Iron Works
  • Maria Ballet Figure Kasli Iron Works
  • Maria Ballet Figure Kasli Iron Works
  • Maria Ballet Figure Kasli Iron Works on the cover of Time-Life book.
  • Maria Ballet Figure Kasli Iron Works on the cover of Time-Life book.
  • Maria Ballet Figure Kasli Iron Works

Maria Ballet Figure. Olga Taiga (Cheshuina) (1910-2007) was the celebrated Russian artist who originally designed this figure in the early 1950's. "Maria" is the heroine of A.S. Pushkin's poem written in 1834 titled "Fountain of Bakhchisarai" and developed into a ballet by Boris Asafyev in 1934. The celebrated ballet dancer Galina Ulyanova served as the model for the sculpture. The Kasli factory molds for these pieces debuted in 1957.

The figure is in excellent condition and is mounted on a pedestal base, which is marked "Касли" (Kasli). Production for this particular piece is mid (or late) 1980s. About 6" in height. Weighs 10oz. In silver-gray iron in the late Kasli manner. Several (not many) available. 

ABOUT THE LAST IMAGES. In 1978, Time-Life Books published a 16-volume book set titled The Encyclopedia of Collectibles. There were a great many individual articles by experts in the field plus hundreds of color illustrations available only in the set. The volume that contained Dance Memorabilia (pictured here) had a Maria figure on the cover with the black color common to earlier pieces before the end of the Soviet era. However, no mention of this piece could be found in the book, as it was not an antique! Credit the photo editor with a keen eye. 

  

 

SKU: K-02
RRP: $49.00
$39.95 (You save $9.05)
Condition:
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