Orientalist Art: Turkey, North Africa, Egypt, Arabia and The Gulf
Following the success of our Orientalist Sale in April 2012 and in response to growing international demand, we are pleased to announce our next sale dedicated to this category, to be held in London on 23 April 2013 as part of Art of the Middle East & Turkey week at Sotheby’s.
As exceptional results have proven, London continues to act as the hub for the Orientalist paintings market, with interest in the genre spanning buyers from around the world. The sale features important works by many of the leading Orientalist painters, including Ludwig Deutsch, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Hermann Corrodi, Rudolf Ernst, Alberto Pasini, Arthur von Ferraris and Etienne Dinet.
The Orientalist Sale on 24 April saw strong international bidding and achieved £6,339,500 (US$9,679,149), well in excess of the pre-sale high estimate. The top lot was Ludwig Deutsch’s The Offering, which sold to a private collector for £2,154,500 (US$3,289,491) against a pre-sale estimate of £500,000-700,000. As well as Middle Eastern subjects, three views of Turkey by Alberto Pasini, Herman Corrodi and Ippolito Caffi attracted considerable interest.
Commenting on the results of Sotheby’s Orientalist Sale, Claude Piening, Sotheby’s Head of Orientalist Paintings, said: “Our sale today confirmed the robustness of the Orientalist market, with top quality works attracting international interest and commanding extremely strong prices. Ludwig Deutsch’s The Offering is one of the finest works by the artist to come to the market and achieved a new world record price for Deutsch at auction. Other records were established, including for Corrodi, Weisse and Bretegnier.”
Three out of the top five prices were for Turkish views. Oya Delahaye, Head of Sotheby’s Turkey, said: “We were delighted with these results which are very telling about the strength of this particular market for works of the highest quality. Turkish collectors are currently active across an ever-wider range of collecting categories, among which Orientalist paintings feature large.”
Another, similar work of smaller dimensions depicting the same composition was sold at Leslie Hindman in May 2012.
In the illustration in the printed catalogue there is a dark vertical line running parallel to the left edge in the upper half of the composition: this is a printer's error only and the line is not visible on the painting itself, or in the online catalogue.
This painting is presented in a French Orientalist Neo-Classical Salon style frame from the second half of the nineteenth century, on loan from Paul Mitchell Ltd and available for separate purchase. Please contact the department for further information.
This painting is presented in a gilt period frame on loan from Arnold Wiggins & Sons and available for separate purchase. Please contact the department for further information.