The owner of the world’s most expensive piece of Chinese porcelain has ruffled feathers by using it to sip his tea.
His background also included ballet.
Brastoff was born Samuel Brostofsky in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1918. He was one of eight children.1
In 1940, aged 22, Sascha moved to New York City. There, he joined the Clay Club while working devotedly on his art and as a window dresser during the day. His work became well received in New York art circles, including a 1941 exhibit at the Clay Club Sculpture Gallery.
In December 1941, his works were published in Live Magazine.
World War Two
In 1942, Sascha enlisted in the Air Force and was sent to Miami before later transferring to the Special Services Events Division and designing costumes and scenery for USO shows.
Appearances in plays as his alter-ego GI Carmen Miranda led to an offer from 20th Century Fox Studios for Sascha to design costumes for Betty Grable in Diamond Horseshoe. This lead to a seven year contract as a costumer.
Art factory and studio
With backing from the millionaire industrialist, Winthorpe B. Rockefeller, Sascha moved into a large shop on Compton Avenue in West LA. He later opened a state of the art factory and studio on W. Olympic Blvd, attended by many high-profile Hollywood celebrities.
During this era, Sascha Brastoff’s works were already prices at up to $500, with lamps priced at between $200-$300.2
Sascha Brastoff’s works are in permanent exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Houston Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Syracuse Museum of Arts and the Sculpture Center of New York.3
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