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ERTÉ. [ROMAIN DE TIRTOFF.] "Les Porteuses d'Eventail" * "Les Danses d'Honneur." Together, two designs for a 1929 production of "Aladin." Gouache with metallic shading on paper. 285x228 mm; 11 1/4x9 inches. Signed in lower image, dated on verso with artist's stamp and inventory inscription. Taped to window matte along top edge, verso; framed. Provenance: From the Estate of Mary Kettaneh.
"Aladin" was among Erté's most ambitious projects. He created more than 150 costumes and set designs for the 1929 production and experimented with different coloring and techniques to achieve a certain mood and atmosphere. He marked both of these designs "Ombres Chinoises" on the verso, indicating the shading he applied with burnished gold paint over a rich, fiery crimson background against which the fan dancers are silhouetted.