Adescendant of the prestigious Hermès family and former director of that famous fashion company, Patrick Guerrand-Hermès fell in love with Morocco over 50 years ago. He carefully recreated the atmosphere of the beautiful Moroccan homes of the 19th century in his Marrakech villa, Aïn Kassimou. Built for Olga Tolstoy, Leo Tolstoy’s daughter, and purchased by Barbara Hutton, this luxurious estate was the setting of his collection which stands as a testament to the great diversity of Orientalist art, from the first generation of romantic artists to travellers from the early 20th century. A beautiful selection of sporting paintings shows Guerrand-Hermès’ passion for horses, a symbol of his family exemplified by Horseman with a Sloughi, which is among several works by Henri-Emilien Rousseau. Among the most anticipated works will be The Going Out of the Pacha by Emile-Alfred Dehodencq and an important group of paintings and drawings by the Russian-born artist Edy Legrand, depicting Morrocan kasbahs. The sale will also offer a selection of Morrocan jewels, weapons and ceramics.