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The Male Form / Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) Autograph sketchbook, Le Mystère et Antigone, containing 25 sketches mainly of his lover Jean Desbordes,

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Lot 10
Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)
Autograph sketchbook, Le Mystère et Antigone, containing 25 sketches mainly of his lover Jean Desbordes,
7 June 2022, 10:00 EDT
New York

US$25,000 - US$35,000

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Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)

Autograph sketchbook, Le Mystère et Antigone, containing 25 sketches mainly of his lover Jean Desbordes, 4to (13 3/4 x 10 in., 32.5 x 25 cm.), 30 leaves containing 25 full page sketches in varying states of completeness (1 loose, a finished sketch dated Lundi- Juin 1933), and 1 p of autograph notes on art supplies, dated "Saint Mandrier, Aout 1932," to upper cover of the spiral bound grey notebook, printed "Esquisse" at bottom front cover, to which Cocteau has added in ink "de Bebe," stamped "1275" inside front cover, and numbered in manuscript to upper corner "145 bis," with Cocteau's holograph profile and star design to lower cover, minor staining to covers, creasing to corners

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Provenance
Christie's, Paris, April 27, 2015, lot 182.

Jean Desbordes (1906-1944) and Cocteau were living together in the mid-1920s, and Cocteau wrote the preface to Desbordes' J'Adore (1928), a love poem to Cocteau. In 1929, Cocteau exhibited his portraits of Desbordes, and published them under the title 25 dessins d'un dormeur, showing him asleep in a sailor's suit.

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