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1890 Pyotr (Peter) Ilyich Tchaikovsky Signed Cabinet Photograph
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,220.00
Rare signed studio cabinet card of renowned nineteenth-century composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). From the studio of St. Petersburg photographer A. Passetti, this sepia photograph (4.5 x 6.5 inches) featuring an oval portrait of the legendary composer is signed boldly in black ink in the lower right "P. Tchaikovsky" ("9") and dated in his hand "19 June 1890." The photographer's impressed logo is in the lower right, just above the signature. A giant even among the great Russian composers of this period, Tchaikovsky is best known for his ballets The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, as well as The 1812 Overture. Fiercely nationalistic, Tchaikovsky rarely strayed from his native Russia, but this signed cabinet photograph dates from his first and only international tour that culminated in his conducting his work at the opening of Carnegie Hall in the spring of 1891. A magnificent and very rare signed studio portrait image of the legendary Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Superb and bold contrast. A few very small and slight surface creases, mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy, can be detected when viewed at the proper angle, and do not in the least detract from the photograph's stunning display value and Excellent appearance. Reverse window matting allows the elaborate photographer's advertisement on the reverse of the card to be viewed. Museum-quality framed to dimensions of 17.5 x 15 inches. This is a gorgeous and extremely rare signed cabinet card from one of classical music's most enduring composers. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $5,220.00
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