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signed and dated L. Deutsch 1885 upper right

oil on panel

42 by 25cm., 16½ by 10in.

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

The paint surface is stable and clean.

Inspection under ultra-violet light reveals a thick layer of varnish which makes the surface quite difficult to read. However, some fine, scattered lines of in-painting in areas of drying craquelure are visible, notably some fine lines around the figure's head and right arm, and in the vase.

Otherwise, this work is in good condition and is ready to hang.

Presented in a decorative gilt frame with a nameplate. 

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Private Collection, Europe

Mathaf Gallery, London

Purchased from the above

Caroline Juler, Najd Collection of Orientalist Paintings, London, 1991, p. 50, cited, p. 57, catalogued & illustrated

Martina Haja & Günther Wimmer, Les Orientalistes des écoles allemandes et autrichiennes, Courbevoie, 2000, p. 203, catalogued & illustrated

Krems, Kunsthalle Krems, Harem: the Private World of the Orient, 2005, illustrated in the catalogue

Standing against the inlaid marble wall of a palace with its Mamluk tiles, flintlock gun in hand and khanjar strapped to his waist, a robed sentinel returns the viewer's gaze. On the right, one of a pair of massive copper-plated doors, resembling those at the mausoleum of Sultan Hassan in Cairo, affords a tantalising glimpse into the inner sanctum; however, the viewer is left to imagine who - or what - is being guarded. The doors themselves are strikingly similar to those in Rudolf Ernst's The Dozing Guard (formerly Najd Collection, sold in these rooms on 22 October 2019), which may suggest a common influence in prints by the French artist and scholar Achille Prisse d'Avennes (1807-79). On a mother-of-pearl inlaid gueridon table stands a brass vase, probably contemporary, inspired by an earlier Mamluk pattern.