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Aloys Zötl
A CASPIAN TURTLE
Estimate
7,0009,000
LOT SOLD. 31,250 GBP
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152
Aloys Zötl
A CASPIAN TURTLE
Estimate
7,0009,000
LOT SOLD. 31,250 GBP
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Aloys Zötl
FREISTADT 1803 - 1887 EFERDING
A CASPIAN TURTLE
Watercolour over black chalk;
signed and dated in pen and grey ink, lower right:  Alois Zötl fecit am 5 Februar 1881 and inscribed lower left and centre:  Amphibien Taf. 17  / Die caspische Schildkröte Testudo caspica
436 by 549 mm
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Provenance

Possibly anonymous sale (‘Zötl (Aloys) (1803-1887) (Aquarelles provenant de l’atelier)’), Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 2 July 1957, part of lot 201 (as Tortue clemmys, dated 5 February 1881, measuring 32 x 44 cm.)

Catalogue Note

Exotic and vibrant, this aesthetically pleasing watercolour illustrates a Caspian turtle, or striped-neck terrapin (Mauremys caspica), a turtle found throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Very little is known about Aloys Zötl’s life.  He was born in Freistadt in Upper Austria and followed in his father’s professional footsteps, becoming a master dyer.   When Zötl married he moved to the village of Eferding, approximately forty kilometres from Freistadt and he is thought never to have travelled far from home, far less abroad.   As the majority of his watercolours feature exotic animals and sea creatures (see also the following lot) it is assumed he was inspired by the large collection of published works of zoology, natural history, ethnography and travel that he owned in his extensive library.

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