Skip to product information
Décor, La Reine Margot by Erté
Décor, La Reine Margot by Erté
Décor, La Reine Margot by Erté
Buy with Confidence

At M.S. Rau, we are committed to building a long-term, rewarding relationship with each and every client. That’s why your purchase is backed by our 125% guarantee.

Learn More

Décor, La Reine Margot by Erté

  • Erté's set design for La Reine Margot blends design elements from the 16th-century with Art Deco
  • The stage features a black and white checkered floor, a sumptuous blue curtain
  • A delightful feather-like chandelier creates a tableau of contrasts and elegance
  • The artist, Romain de Tirtoff, popularly known as Erté, is known oft called the Father of Art Deco
  • Get complete item description here
$19,850
Item No. 31-7700

To speak to one of our experts, call 1-888-711-8084

Description
Erté (Romain de Tirtoff)
1892-1990 | Russian-French

Decor: La Reine Margot


Signed “Erté” (lower right)
Inscribed “No. 18.387” (en verso)

Gouache paper

The set design for Act IV of La Reine Margot is a visual tour de force that captures the essence of a tumultuous period replete with political intrigue, forbidden romances and Machiavellian maneuvers. Created by Erté, the stage is a tableau of contrasts and elegance. A black and white checkered. . .
Read more
Erté (Romain de Tirtoff)
1892-1990 | Russian-French

Decor: La Reine Margot


Signed “Erté” (lower right)
Inscribed “No. 18.387” (en verso)

Gouache paper

The set design for Act IV of La Reine Margot is a visual tour de force that captures the essence of a tumultuous period replete with political intrigue, forbidden romances and Machiavellian maneuvers. Created by Erté, the stage is a tableau of contrasts and elegance. A black and white checkered floor serves as the foundation, revealed by the drawing back of a sumptuous blue curtain that evokes the grandeur of royal attire. Against this monochromatic backdrop, a ladder descends, its rungs graced by a delicate dancer poised in an delicate stance. The scene is punctuated by a feather-like chandelier, adding a final touch of opulence to this intricate design. In melding the historical richness of the French court with the aesthetic principles of the Art Deco movement, Erté's design stands as a marvel of visual storytelling, capturing the spirit and detail of an era and translating it into a form that speaks to contemporary sensibilities.

This particular set was part of a series of designs that found their way into the personal collection of Zizi Jeanmaire and Roland Petit, luminaries in the world of ballet and dance. The captivating alliance between the Erté and the flourishing performing arts scene of Paris transported audiences to new realms throughout the early 20th century. These collaborations rose above mere aesthetic embellishments, penetrating to the core of performances and adding greater depth to the narratives on display. The artist possessed a great range of vision and was equally adept at capturing Rococo decadence in the sets of Cosi Fan Tutte as he was in creating supernatural, moody interiors for Les Mamelles de Tirésias. His Art Deco stylings brought both a fantasy and modernity to the stage that has rarely been matched since. Parrying the spectacle of these fantastical productions, fashion grew more opulent, with luxury canes, pocketwatches and compacts becoming essentials for a modern Parisian.

Russian-French visionary Romain de Tirtoff (1892-1990), popularly known as Erté, began his artistic journey in the culturally rich city of St. Petersburg, where he developed an early fondness for ballet and theatrical performances. He moved to Paris in 1912 to study architecture, and quickly found his creative niche in crafting fantastical costumes for the city’s bustling nightlife. Erté‘s expertise, refined under the guidance of the famed Paul Poiret, captured the attention of Harper’s Bazaar, marking the beginning of a significant partnership that spanned from 1915 to 1936. The artist also designed sets for notable cinematic masterpieces including Ben Hur and La Bohème, and created sets and costumes for cabarets, operas and other performances at the Folies-Bergères, Bal Tabarin, the Théâtre du Bataclan and Le Casino de Paris. Erté was a trailblazer whose colorful creations shaped the groundbreaking Art Deco era more than any other, leaving an indelible mark on the history of art and design. His artworks reside in prestigious museum collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Painted 1974

Paper: 7" high x 11 5/8” wide
Frame: 12 1/8" high x 17 3/4" wide x 3/4" deep

Provenance:
Private collection, Roland Petit et Zizi Jeanmaire, Paris
Private collection, Paris
M.S. Rau, New Orleans

Exhibitions:
Musée Rath, Genève, Zizi Jeanmaire – Roland Petit. Un patrimoine pour la danse, April -August 2007
M.S. Rau, New Orleans, Erté and the Era of Art Deco, October 14, 2023 - January 3, 2024
Read less
Décor, La Reine Margot by Erté
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: France
Type: Paintings
Style: Art Deco
Depth: 0.75 in. (1.91 cm)
Width: 17.75 in. (45.09 cm)
Height: 13.13 in. (33.34 cm)
Canvas Width: 11.625 in. (29.53 cm)
Canvas Height: 7.000 in. (17.78 cm)
Buy with Confidence

At M.S. Rau, we are committed to building a long-term, rewarding relationship with each and every client. That’s why your purchase is backed by our 125% guarantee.

Learn More

Recently Viewed


The M.S. Rau Difference

The M.S. Rau Difference

The M.S. Rau Difference

Our philosophy has always been to offer clients only the very finest antiques, works of art and jewelry, and to back every transaction with the highest level of customer service. Earning your trust and delivering only the very best pieces is our top priority.

-Bill Rau, Third-Generation Owner

Fine Art

M.S. Rau is committed to offering fine art of the highest caliber and we seek paintings and sculpture by historically renowned artists, often with impressive provenance. The large majority of our works of art come from private. . .

M.S. Rau is committed to offering fine art of the highest caliber and we seek paintings and sculpture by historically renowned artists, often with impressive provenance. The large majority of our works of art come from private collections; many are fresh to the market. Founded on Bill Rau’s expertise in the field, our specialisms range from Old Master pictures to Modern Art masterpieces. We regularly exhibit Dutch, Flemish, and Italian Old Masters, Academic, Orientalist, Barbizon, Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Maritime & Sporting, British Neoclassical and American Illustration.

Our experienced fine art consultants offer personalized and confidential fine art consultation services to all clients. Whether you are looking to begin collecting art, grow an existing collection, or redefine your collecting strategy, M.S. Rau can support you on this journey.

Jewelry

For more than a century, M.S. Rau has offered clients a superb selection of the highest quality jewelry. From the rarest colored diamonds, to the most sublime gemstones, to the most exquisite designer jewelry, M.S. Rau houses. . .

For more than a century, M.S. Rau has offered clients a superb selection of the highest quality jewelry. From the rarest colored diamonds, to the most sublime gemstones, to the most exquisite designer jewelry, M.S. Rau houses an extraordinary collection of fine jewels to satisfy the most discerning collector. Stunning creations by Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston and Patek Philippe are offered alongside extreme rarities such as vivid yellow, pink and blue diamonds, coveted Burma and Kashmir sapphires and elusive Golconda diamonds prized for their fire and perfection. Iconic jewels from the Art Deco, Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Victorian periods round out the collection.

Antiques

Since 1912, M.S. Rau has been recognized as a leader in the antiques industry and today our collections of rare silver, furniture, clocks, porcelain, glass and objets d'art are second to none. Our commitment to curating the. . .

Since 1912, M.S. Rau has been recognized as a leader in the antiques industry and today our collections of rare silver, furniture, clocks, porcelain, glass and objets d'art are second to none. Our commitment to curating the world’s most extraordinary and beautiful treasures has remained steadfast and our acquisition philosophy is simple: seek out and acquire only the very finest works whose provenance, beauty and rarity set them apart from all others. Our clients can be certain that each and every piece in our gallery has been hand-selected and carefully vetted for authenticity, condition and provenance. And, because our network of contacts spans generations, we are often able to acquire pieces that may have otherwise never been available on the market.

Whether you are just starting your collection, adding to an existing collection or even decorating your home, our team’s knowledge and experience can assist you in your endeavor. We have services and procedures in place to make your acquisition process both enjoyable and efficient.