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signed and inscribed CH WILDA CAIRO 1889. lower right

oil on panel

75 by 69cm., 29½ by 27in.

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The panel is flat, even, and ensuring a stable support.

The painting surface is clean and stable.

There is vertical 5cm superficial scratch in the right hand side of the upper framing edge, not distracting to the naked eye.

Inspection under ultra-violet light reveals an even layer of residual varnish and some minor strokes of strengthening in left part of the upper framing edge. Otherwise, this work is in very good condition and is ready to hang.

There are remnants of a previous signature, by the artist himself, in the lower right corner.

Presented in a decorative gilt frame with a nameplate.

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Mathaf Gallery, London (by 1983)

Purchased from the above 

Caroline Juler, Najd Collection of Orientalist Paintings, London, 1991, p. 233, cited, p. 236, catalogued & illustrated

Martina Haja & Günther Wimmer, Les Orientalistes des écoles allemandes et autrichiennes, Courbevoie, 2000, pp. 356-57, catalogued & illustrated

London, Mathaf Gallery, Summer Exhibition, Important Orientalist Paintings of the 19th Century, 1983, illustrated in the catalogue

Set in Cairo, a group of carpet merchants are absorbed in their trade. A local man, admiring a carpet, smokes a hookah as he listens to the salesman peddle bargains in the background. The backdrop may be based on the Khan Khalili Souk, a bazaar in the historic centre of Cairo that opened up to tourists in the nineteenth century. Wilda grouped his figures so that the viewer's eye is drawn with equal interest from one to the other, all hard at work in their profession. 

Born in Vienna in 1854, Wilda trained at the Vienna Academy under Leopold Carl Müller. Like many of his fellow Orientalist painters, he travelled to Egypt in the early 1880s and set up a studio in Cairo where he developed a keen interest in depicting everyday Egyptian life. Wilda exhibited widely in Vienna and Berlin, and at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900. In the year of his death, the Künstlerhaus in Vienna honoured him with his first retrospective.