The Orientalist Sale including Works from the Najd Collection

The Orientalist Sale including Works from the Najd Collection

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Property from the Najd Collection

Ludwig Deutsch

The Sentinel

Lot Closed

March 30, 12:16 PM GMT

Estimate

80,000 - 120,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property from the Najd Collection

Ludwig Deutsch

Austrian

1855 - 1935

The Sentinel


signed and dated L. Deutsch 1885 upper right

oil on panel

Unframed: 42 by 25cm., 16½ by 10in.

Framed: 94 by 76cm., 37 by 30in.

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
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.