Jean Cocteau [Igor Stravinsky] Wooden Hand Torch Candelabra Sconce from the Stravinsky Collection, ca. 1940
Striking and unusual painted wooden candelabra sconce by the French surrealist writer, artist and filmmaker Jean Cocteau for the home of his friend, composer Igor Stravinsky. A hand extends from a carved six-point star (the star being Cocteau's most personal symbol), gripping a column to which a bulb may be attached. With 15 foot cord and mount on the back; electrified later by Vera Stravinsky and in working condition. Measures 14 x 7.5 x 8.25 inches (35.5 x 19 x 21 centimeters). Together with a digital image of the composer shown working at the table and a signed letter of provenance, detailing the history of the work and circumstance of its gifting from Vera Stravinsky to the niece of Robert Craft.