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CLÉMENT PUJOL DE GUASTAVINO | THE SULTAN AND THE MESSENGER

Estimate:

40,000

to
- 60,000 GBP

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CLÉMENT PUJOL DE GUASTAVINO | THE SULTAN AND THE MESSENGER

CLÉMENT PUJOL DE GUASTAVINO | THE SULTAN AND THE MESSENGER

Estimate:

40,000

to
- 60,000 GBP

Lot sold:

50,000

GBP

CLÉMENT PUJOL DE GUASTAVINO

French

1850-1905

THE SULTAN AND THE MESSENGER


signed C. Pujol lower right

oil on panel 

65 by 53cm., 25½ by 21in.


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This painting is in good condition, clean and ready to hang.


The artist's substantial wood panel remains uncradled and is flat and even, with just very slight convex bowing visible along the edges.


Ultra-violet light reveals notably a thin circa 4cm vertical line of retouching near the far left of the upper framing edge (addressing a minor crack in the panel), a circa 3x4cm area in the tiles near the lower left corner, a small spot in the seated man's left shoulder, and some other minor scattered spots. The work appears to have been selectively cleaned in the past as there are traces of old residual varnish in the background in the upper right under U.V. light.


Presented in a decorative gilt frame.


In reality the colours are richer and have less of a yellow/orange cast than in the catalogue illustration.


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Please note this work is oil on panel and not as stated in the printed catalogue

Estate of Eberhard Hempel, Dresden (1886 - 1967)

Seated on his throne, an Ottoman dignitary sporting an aigrette, symbol of his rank, receives his messenger, listening with anticipation to the news he has to impart. The fabrics worn by both men - the master's silk kaftan and the messenger's Moroccon hooded shawl, are observed in immaculate detail. Their bearing and dress bring to mind Rudolf Ernst’s and Ludwig Deutsch’s guards.  


Pujol favoured Hispano-Moresque interiors which reflect his Spanish background. Here, the interior appears to have been inspired by the Alhambra Palace or the Madinat al-Zahra Palace near Cordoba; or by the 1878 Exposition Universelle in Paris which included elaborate reproductions of the Alhambra Palace.