On 22 October, Sotheby’s is honoured to present for sale forty paintings from the Najd Collection in a dedicated single owner auction. Assembled during the 1980s, this is the most important collection of Orientalist art in private hands, a collection which reflects the remarkable vision of one man who was among the first from the Middle East to recognise the quality and importance of Orientalist art.
The Najd Collection explores just about every facet of daily life in the Arab, Ottoman and Muslim worlds, revealing the owner’s passionate interest in the dialogue between East and West. The artists who comprise the collection were driven by a genuine desire to look beyond the confines of their own experience. They travelled to Turkey, North Africa, and the Middle East and were richly rewarded by what they found. Gustav Bauernfeind’s Street in Jaffa, Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Harem in the Kiosk and Arabs Crossing the Desert, and Ludwig Deutsch’s The Tribute, to name just a few highlights, are true masterpieces and icons of the Orientalist genre.
The Najd Collection has long been admired thanks to a celebrated monograph published in 1991. Including lavish illustrations and artist biographies in English and Arabic, this volume has since become a key reference work for scholars and collectors in the field. While selected works have been loaned to public institutions including to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, this is the first ever sale to take place from the collection.
To mark this exciting event, following the exhibition of sale highlights in New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Dubai, all 155 works from the Najd Collection will be shown for the first time in our galleries in London.
HIGHLIGHTS ON VIEW
New York, 6 – 10 September
Paris, 10 – 14 September
Los Angeles, 16 – 18 September
Dubai, 6 – 7 October
ENTIRE NAJD COLLECTION ON VIEW London, 11-15 October