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Paris Opera - DanseDisderi composite CDV - 1860s


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#1 rg

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 01:07 PM

scan of a composite card from the photo studio of Disderi, c. 1860, with 37 Opera danseuses named in a "collage," the top of which shows Marie Taglioni in a portrait made after she retired from the stage.

Taglioni's protegee Emma Livry is directly below her on the left; Amalia Ferraris is on the right of the same row.

some of the names are quite hard to read as the original card is 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

the other dancers named include Marie Vernon and Louise Marquet, as well as Montaubry, Fonta, Baratte, the Wolther (Volter) sisters, Stoikoff, Parent, and Mercier. 

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 01:34 PM

A marvelous set of images, rg.  Thank you.  I love the idea of putting Taglioni at the top, even though she had retired.

 

Are you aware of other comparable 19th-century composits from Paris, or from other companies?  Am I right in assuming that each of these dancers would also have her "own" card in the collection?

 

A random fantasy --  I was unable to magnify the photo on my screen, but I swear that I could see what looks like a young Queen Elizabeth II in the upper left quadrant.  She's wearing what must be a wreath white flowers but also might be a tiara.  There is also a plump Queen Victoria, as she looked in her 30s,  in the lower right quadrant.  I doubt, however, that Victoria ever had one of her super-sized crinollines cut down to show off her calves.



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:17 PM

Stunning!  And yes, the family tree arrangement is wonderful.



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 06:37 PM

<<
Are you aware of other comparable 19th-century composits from Paris, or from other companies?  Am I right in assuming that each of these dancers would also have her "own" card in the collection?

>>

 

i know of a related composite card from Paris reproduced in the catalogue for DEGAS AND THE DANCE which is a 'collage' of just the dancers' lower legs and feet. 

 

the person who previously owned this cdv states as follows:

"This CDV by Disderi (with his mark in miniscule on the obverse [lower right corner] but no stamp on the reverse) records the photographs AND NAMES of 37 ballerinas who performed at the Paris Opera in the Romantic Era and on into the period of the so-called Second Empire.  It is an important document because of the names accompanying each of the photographs, making it an ideal tool for identifying cartes-de-visite of the various ballerinas of the period.  The names are written in small letters, readable with a magnifying glass, at the edge of each photographic oval."  

 

i know too of a Russian series in which the letters spelling out NASH BALYET (Our Ballet) in cyrillic, are filled out by various post-card-styled photos of imperial Russian dancers from a bit later in the 19th c.

 

so yes, both the French and Russian composites show images that exist in their photographer's studios as single portraits, which get recombined into various "collages" so they can be re-photographed to produce these group effects.

 

but, no, these are all danseuses of the Opera, there are no images of English royals among them.




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