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23220. Baker, Josephine. (1906–1975).
Signed Photograph

Original 1951 Armand of Havana photograph of the legendary entertainer shown in a sumptuous Christian Dior gown, boldly signed and inscribed in black ink "To Ernest / with Friendship / from Josephine Baker / 1951."  A couple of minor surface creases, staining on verso, overall in fine condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.7 x 25.5 cm). Read More...

21440. Baker, Josephine. (1906–1975).
Signed Photograph

Signed photograph of the American-born French entertainer, French Resistance agent, and civil rights activist who became a symbol of the decadent Jazz Age and played a leading role in the advancement of African Americans in the arts. A wonderful image of the entertainer who is shown wearing an elaborate feathered headdress on stage during a performance at the Circle Star Theatre in San Carlos, California, signed and inscribed in blue felt tip to one of the theatre's stagehands. Pin holes through each corner, a few light emulsion spots, else in fine condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.).

10053. Baker, Josephine. (1906–1975).
Signed Photograph

Signed vintage sepia Walery postcard photograph of the legendary African American entertainer. A full length portrait, boldly signed and inscribed in blue ink in 1937. 9 x 14 cm. Baker's death year of 1975 written in ink in the lower border (obviously in another hand), otherwise fine. Read More...

8719. Baker, Josephine. (1906–1975).
Vintage Photograph

Vintage 8 x 10 inch doubleweight original photograph of the great singer/dancer "in a happy good mood when she arrives at London airport" in 1959. Fine.


Baker was most noted as a singer, while in her early career she was a celebrated dancer. She was given the nicknames the "Black Venus" or the "Black Pearl", as well as the "Créole Goddess" in anglophone nations, while in France she has always been known in the old theatrical tradition as "La Baker."


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16498. Bakst, Léon. (1866–1924).
Autograph Letter to Frantz Jourdain

Autograph letter from the Russian painter and scene and costume designer, known for his extensive work for the Ballets Russes. 1 p. June 21, 1915. To architect and art critic Frantz Jourdain (1847–1935), Bakst writes (translated from the French): "Dear maître, I am very touched by your kind letter and thank you sincerely. I will act according to your advice. Until then, please believe my devoted and cordial sentiments. Leon Bakst." In very fine condition. 4.5 x 7 inches (11.3 x 17.3 cm).

11392. [Bal des 4'Z'Arts] Rapin, Henri. (1873 - 1939).
1911 Bal des Quat'z'Arts Ticket

Paris: Imprimerie Modern Style. P. Marmy. Oversize elaborate printed invitation to the 1911 Bal des Quat'z'Arts. The design by the French painter, illustrator and decorator H. Rapin, featuring a highly stylized illustration on Babylonian themes. 19 x 33 cm. Dampstained along the lower edge, left edge and upper margin chipped with a few small losses, else fine. Read More...

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ALS on a postcard from the influential Russian pianist and composer written to his student, the conductor Mikhail Karpov.  The letter reads, in full, translated from the Russian, "I ask you to visit me on Wednesday, November 22nd at 3 a.m. and to notify me immediately on the return form that you have received this invitation. / M.B. / November 18, 1906."  Toned, light edgewear, else in fine condition.  5.5 x 3.5 inches (14 x 9 cm). Read More...

22062. Balanchine, George. (1904–1983).
Signed book title

Signed title of Balanchine's Complete Stories of the Great Ballets (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1956). Cut from the book. 8.25 x 5.25 inches (20.8 x 13.3 cm). In fine condition. Read More...

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23357. Balanchine, George. (1904–1983).
Signed Photograph with Cat

Striking signed portrait photograph of the choreographer known as the father of American ballet. A Martha Swope photograph, with her signature in the negative lower left and NYCB stamps to verso, boldly signed in black ink by the great choreographer who is shown here seated with his cat.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm). Very fine.

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1383. [Balanchine, George. (1904–1983)].
Martins & Mazzo in "Stravinsky Violin Concerto" - Publicity Photograph

Original publicity photograph from the Great Performances series, broadcast information printed at bottom, showing the NYCB dancers Kay Mazzo and Peter Martins in Balanchine's great ballet "Stravinsky Violin Concerto."  In fine condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.).

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4349. Balanchine, George. (1904–1983) & Zorina, Vera. (1917–2003).
Original Photograph at the Premiere of "Pinocchio"

Original photograph of the great choreographer with the popular ballerina/choreographer and musical theatre actress who was his second wife.  According the clipping attached to the verso, they are shown while attending the premiere of Pinocchio.  Stamps and stickers on verso, small creases and marks to margins, overall in very good condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.). Read More...

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18814. [Ballet].
Original Postcard Photographs

Grouping of three original ca. 1910 postcard photographs of ballet dancers in costume for various unidentified productions, issued in Florence, London, and Moscow. Minimal edge and corner wear, silvering to top half of one postcard, else fine.  Approx. 3.5 x 5.5 inches (8.8 x 13.5 cm.) each.

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18292. Ballet Español Ximénez-Vargas.
Signed Photograph

A striking sepia-toned photo of Ballet Español Ximénez-Vargas, signed by all six members, including Roberto Ximénez and Manolo Vargas, the Flamenco dancers who founded the ensemble in 1955. A number of small creases and surface creases, particularly along the lower edge, otherwise fine. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)

18673. [Ballet] Pavlova, Anna. (1881–1931) & Novikoff, Laurent. (1888–1956) .
"Amarilla" - Stunning Signed Photograph

Hand-colored glossy Rotary Foulsham & Banfield of London postcard photograph signed by the great Russian dancers who are shown in a striking back-to-back pose.  Unrelated message written to verso, dated 22 August 1913.  In fine condition.  3.5 x 5.5 inches (8.9 x 14 cm.). Read More...

19415. [Ballet] Plisetskaya, Maya. (1925–2015) & Messerer, Asaf. (1903–1992) & Plisetsky, Azari. (b. 1937).
Signed Photograph of the Messerer/Plisetsky family in rehearsal

Incredible signed photograph of three members of the great Messerer/Plisetsky ballet dynasty rehearsing together, including Soviet ballerina and choreographer Maya Plisetskaya posing with her younger brother Azari and an unidentified second male dancer under the direction of Maya and Azari's uncle, Bolshoi ballet master Asaf Messerer.  All four individuals have signed their names in black ink.  Mounting remnants to verso, else in very fine condition.  10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm.). Read More...

20911. [Ballet Russe] Youskevitch, Igor. (1912-1994).
"Léonide Massine's Ballet Russe Highlights" - Signed Souvenir Program

Original souvenir program for a 1945 performance of Leonide Massine's Ballet Russe Highlights, featuring an attractive color lithograph cover by Marc Chagall and signed to two pages by acclaimed dancer Igor Youskevitch, who has penned his name below two halftone reproductions of Maurice Seymour portraits.  32 pp.   In fine condition.  9 x 12 inches (22.9 x 30.5 cm.). Read More...

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2170. [Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo] Franklin, Frederic. (1914–2013).
Original 1949 Photograph with Boris and Danielian

Original photograph of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo's ballet master, shown assisting Ruthana Boris as she is lifted by Leon Daniellian.  Some surface damage and creasing, otherwise good condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.).

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Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo souvenir program, signed by dancers Alexandra Danilova, Nina Novak, Frederic Franklin (who has signed three different photographs!) and Gerard Leavitt.  68 pp.  Fine.  9 x 12 inches (22.9 x 30.5 cm.).

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10420. [Ballets Russes] Bakst, Léon. (1866–1924).
Three Leon Bakst Satin and Rayon Hooded Capes from Papillons

Three Leon Bakst Satin and Rayon Hooded Capes from "Papillons," ca. 1914. In fine condition, formerly property of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Read More...

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Sepia toned gelatin photograph of the important dancer, ca. 1912. Stamped "ADOLPH BOLM / 'THAMAR' / SERGE de DIAGHILEFF'S BALLET RUSSE" on the verso in violet ink. Right edge trimmed irregularly, small loss to upper left corner, light spotting, else in fine condition. 5.2 x 8 inches [13.2 x 20.3 cm]. Framed.  Read More...