The 30th of March, Sotheby's Paris presents carefully selected Orientalist paintings and Islamic works of art. Morocco provided the inspiration for an impressive selection of paintings by European-born artists. In landscapes and genre scenes, Jacques Majorelle captured the vibrant way of life of this country. The five works of art offered chart artistic achievements throughout his life. José Cruz Herrera used bold colours in his sensual and evocative paintings of Moroccan women, three of which features in this sale. Another exquisite example of the European taste for Orientalism is Giuseppe Signorini's watercolour, Musician with a Zither.
The Islamic section offers a wide range of works of art from overall the Islamic world, with highlights such as a rare 18th century Moroccan gold necklace (lebba), an important group of Iznik potteries as two çintamani design pottery tiles. The masterpiece is a blue and white mosque lamp belonging to a rare group associated with the tomb chamber of sultan Bayezid II (d.1512), and can be considered an exceptional discovery. Only five other examples are recorded today: four in the Çinili Kösk, and one in the British Museum. Another important piece from Ottoman Turkey is a monumental gilded bronze and copper (tombak) candlestick dedicated and dated circa 1850. Qadjar Persia is notably represented by an enamelled dagger dated 1873.