Ballet Costume Design Painting Nutcracker Suite Toys Beverly Sills Estate (4075)


Stage / costume design for the Toyseller in the Nutcracker Ballet.

ARtist signed by Jose Varona and personally dedicated to the late Beverly Sills.

Comes from the estate of the late Beverly Sills, famous opera singer and society beneficiary.

Measurements: 13 X 15 1/2 inches including the frame.

11 3/4 X 14 1/4 inches excluding the frame.

Fabulous imagination depicting a wildly clad, red-haired toyseller in classic patched coat, checkered trousers, red-heeled shoes.

He holds out a plate with coins in one hand, another raises his top hat, from which a nasty looking pirate glares.

On his back is a large basket full of toys of every description and at his side is a barrow with swan handles and duck headed bars, gilded wheels, lion masks, dog heads and a group of Empire clad soldiers and their ladies walzing away.

A fabulous depiction both in concept and execution.

The painting, done in watercolour/guache is pencil signed, named and dated, lower left: Jose Varona "The Toy Seller" - The Nutcracker - San Francisco Ballet 1986.

Lower right the artist dedicated this work to the late Beverly Sills: To Beverly, with love, for the music and the magic, in remembrance Jose Oct.


Very poignant.

The painting is framed in a simple gold frame, protected under glass and is in very good condition.


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