'The collectors were really the first ones to bring together Orientalist paintings with 18th century French furniture and decorative arts.'
The Orientalist paintings in this collection form an exceptional group, and a panoptic picture of the Islamic lands (North Africa, the Middle East and Ottoman Turkey) as they looked a century or more ago, from when few other visual records survive.
The decorative arts in the collection are a testament to this collection’s passion for French 18th century furniture, especially from the Louis XV and Louis XVI reigns, and perfectly complement the Orientalist paintings. In this collection there is also an impressive group of mounted objects. Quality, comfort and timeless elegance are in abundance when entering this welcoming Belgravia residence, which effortlessly shows the eye for design and beauty with which this house was created.
These are just some of the highlights of The Silk Road: Orientalist Paintings and Furniture from a Belgravia Residence auction, taking place 9 November at Sotheby's London, and rounding out Islamic, South Asian & Middle Eastern Week.