Monday, March 24, 2014

At Auction: Sotheby's - The Orientalist Sale

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Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, 1824-1904)
Bashi-Bazouk
oil on canvas
10 ¼ X 8 ½ in.

As part of the upcoming Orientalist & Islamic Week at Sotheby's, a special auction of Orientalist Art is being held on April 8th in London. The Orientalist Sale, though rather small in scope with only 39 lots, contains a finer selection of exemplars of the genre than are often found in larger sales.  Among the lots is a beautiful small portrait of an Egyptian soldier by Jean-Léon Gérôme, several nice works by Rudolf Ernst and Frederick Arthur Bridgman including a painting which was once in Andy Warhol's secret art collection, and an unusual piece in both scale and style by Ludwig Deutsch.  This genre, like others in the realm of representationalism, fell out of favor in the 20th century, but has been making a comeback in recent years, especially among collectors from the regions depicted in the artworks, who now recognize the important role many of these artists played in recording history.
The Orientalist Sale will take place at 2:30 PM BST at Sotheby's New Bond Street location in London.  Prior to the sale, the auction items can be viewed online, and in person.  The preview schedule is as follows:

Fri, 04 Apr 14 | 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM BST
Sun, 06 Apr 14 | 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM BST
Mon, 07 Apr 14 | 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM BST
Tue, 08 Apr 14 | 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM BST
Jean-Léon Gérôme  -  Bashi-Bazouk (detail)
Franz Kosler (Austrian, 1864-1905)
The Fortune Teller of Cairo
oil on canvas
22 ¾ X 27 ½ in.
Rudolf Weisse (Bohemian, 1859- )
The Dice Players
oil on panel
23 ½ X 32 in.

Rudolf Weisse (Bohemian, 1859- )
The Palace Guard
oil on panel
18 X 12 ¼ in.

Frederick Arthur Bridgman (American, 1847-1928)
Idle Moments
oil on canvas
30 X 24 ¾ in.

Frederick Arthur Bridgman (American, 1847-1928)
The Sewing Lesson
oil on canvas
33 ¼ X 26 ½ in.
Rudolf Ernst (Austrian, 1854-1932)
The Perfume Makers
oil on panel
36 ¼ X 28 ¼ in.

Frederick Arthur Bridgman (American, 1847-1928)
La jour du prophète à Blidah, en Algerie
oil on canvas
26 X 21 ½ in.

Etienne Dinet (French, 1861-1929)
La Prière
oil on canvas
9 ¾ X 14 ½ in.

Pietro Calvi (Italian, 1833-1884)
Bust of Othello, The Moor of Venice
white marble set with bronze, on a white marble socle
33 ¼ in.

Ludwig Deutsch (Austrian, 1855-1935)
The Procession of the Mahmal Through the Streets of Cairo
oil on canvas
111 ¾ X 115 ¾ in.

Etienne Dinet (French, 1861-1929)
Jeunes filles à leur toilette
oil on canvas
25 ¼ X 31 ½ in.

Adam Styka (Polish, 1890-1959)
Crossing the Wadi
oil on canvas
15 X 18 in.

Otto Pilny (Swiss, 1866-1936)
Evening Prayers in the Dessert
oil on canvas
47 ¼ X 71 ¾ in.

Adolf Schreyer (German, 1828-1899)
Arab Warriors
oil on canvas
23 ¾ X 32 ½ in.

Etienne Dinet (French, 1861-1929)
Conciliabule dans la nuit
oil on canvas
44 ½ X 57 in.
Rudolf Ernst (Austrian, 1854-1932)
Prayers at Sunset
oil on panel
31 X 39 ½ in.