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Rudolf Weisse

Estimate
50,000 - 70,000 GBP
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Description

  • Rudolf Weisse
  • The Palace Guard
  • signed and dated 88 R. Weisse lower right
  • oil on panel
  • 46 by 31cm., 18 by 12¼in.

Provenance

Mathaf Gallery, London
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, 24 October 1989, lot 68
Private Collection, New York (purchased at the above sale)

Exhibited

Paris, Salon, 1888, no. 2530 (as La garde du harem)

Catalogue Note

In this tranquil scene, a Nubian guard inspects his weapon - an Ottoman flintlock pistol - thoughtfully, surrounded by various accoutrements including a tortoise-shell and mother-of-pearl inlaid scribe's box, a covered sahan dish, and a Qajar gold-overlaid helmet and North African ivory and coral-hilted yataghan sword resting on a red silk and metal-thread embroidered wall hanging. A Turkish aiguière, or water pitcher, and basin stand atop a marquetry gueridon table. The composition leads the eye from the close-up detail of the objects and the figure's shimmering blue robe into the vestibule of the palace beyond, possibly modelled on the interior of the Alhambra in Granada. 
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