The Orientalist Sale showcased important Orientalist paintings of Turkey, North Africa, the Levant, and the Middle East, bringing a total of £3,761,500. The auction was led by Ludwig Deutsch’s luminous masterpiece Morning Prayers, 1902, which sold for £545,000, and Frederick Arthur Bridgman’s The Prayer, which sold for five times over estimate at £509,000. An auction record was set for artist Charles Wilda at £245,000, who travelled to Egypt in the early 1880s and set up a studio in Cairo.
The Orientalist Sale offers an exceptional group of works by British artist traveller John Frederick Lewis: Outdoor Gossip, a jewel-like oil of 1873, of two gentlemen of Cairo exchanging news (the pendant to Indoor Gossip in the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester); and five exquisite drawings. The other great British Orientalist, David Roberts, is represented by a rare view in watercolour of Sidon (Lebanon) and by a monumental oil, The Coppersmiths’ Market, Cairo.The Continental offerings are led by Ludwig Deutsch’s Morning Prayers of 1902, a highly focused composition of Muslim worship; important examples by Eugène Girardet, Rudolf Swoboda, and Rudolf Ernst; and by an array of views of Turkey and the Crimea, including Alberto Pasini’s By the Fountain of 1882, and Carlo Bossoli’s The Tatar Khan's palace in Bakchi - Sarai, Crimea.