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Bust of Charles Gordon.
A bust of Charles Gordon cast in bronze, 410mm tall, standing on a recent mahogany-faced stand. This bust was sculpted by Princess Katya Galitzine. Princess Katya is descended from the House of Galitzine, one of the largest and most noble of the Princely houses of Russia, having seniority in the House of Gediminas. The family descends from a Lithuanian Prince George who married the sister of Vasily I. Princess Katya's grandfather Prince Vladimir Galitzine fled Russia and became an antiques dealer in Paris. Her father Prince George was a Major in the Welsh Guards and her mother was the Dior model Jean Dawnay. She is a direct descendant of Catherine the Great through Grand Duke Michael, the son of Paul I and is 612th in line to the English throne. She was one of the first descendants of a Russian émigré to return to Russia when she went to St Petersburg to study sculpture under Mikhail K. Anikushin. Since 1989 she has lived and worked mainly in St Petersburg. The bust is of businessman Charles Gordon. Gordon was a merchant banker and tax specialist who was part of the management of a 'fringe bank' during the 60s and 70s, Cedar Trust. Cedar was an early finance company which became one of the first casualties of the secondary banking crisis of 1973-74. Before all that though he was involved with the arts, marrying the South African ballerina Nadia Nerina in 1955. Despite Nerina's famously prickly relationship with Nureyev over dancing, one thing that never changed was his use of Gordon for his financial advice, which enabled him to become very rich. They first met in 1962 at dinner with Nerina and Erik Bruhn. Nureyev asked him to arrange his tax affairs. Gordon introduced him to Gorlinsky who, with Gordon's aid, set up Nureyev's first tax haven in Luxembourg. Gordon also wrote a memoir of Jack Cotton and Charles Clore, the real estate tycoons who shaped Britain's post-war development. It seems odd that the bust was in the possession of Anton Dolin, but Nerina organised the Anton Dolin International Gala at the Royal Opera House in 1984 so they may well have been friends. Sold with a Gordon's book The Two Tycoons. A Personal Memoir of Charles Clore and Jack Cotton., Hamish Hamilton, 1986. Original printed wrappers, illustrated with black and white photographs; very good. First paperback edition.
      [Bookseller: Henry Southern Ltd.]
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