Bonhams Announces Dedicated Auction of Orientalist Art in Dubai

Bonhams is proud to announce the largest ever dedicated sale of Orientalist Art in Dubai on May 13, 2010 which includes masterpieces from renowned European and American artists from the 19th and 20th Centuries. This exhibition and sale will showcase some of the most important examples in private hands.

Highlights from the sale include artists such as Edwin Lord Weeks, Edme Alexis Dehodencq, JoséTapiro y Baro, Frederick Arthur Bridgman, Jean François Portaels, Ludwig Deutsch, Aldolf Schreyer, Arthur von Ferraris, Rudolf Ernst and Edouard Wilhelm Richter. This will be an opportunity to view and purchase museum calibre works from paintings to sculpture and glassware. Bonhams strategy in offering Orientalist works of art in a variety of media is testament to their rounded understanding of collecting. Highlights from the sale will be available for preview in London, Abu Dhabi and Dubai prior to the sale.

Giles Peppiatt, Director of Orientalist Art at Bonhams says: ” The quality and power of these works cannot be overestimated. This collection is the finest collection of Orientalist pictures to come to the market in my 25 year long career.”

Bonhams Senior Specialist, TalineAynilian, remarks “It is a true pleasure to bring the works of art back to the region from which they came and from where the artists’ works were inspired. To have them hanging in a room amidst the land and culture that embodies the Middle East aids our understanding of the genre and places Orientalism into context.”

Although the artists who created these pieces were of Western descent, the content directly reflects the history of the Middle East and is symbolic of the interchange of cultural ideas throughout history, which via Bonhams’ many auctions around the world, continues today between enthusiastic collectors around the globe.

Image: Edwin Lord Weeks (American, 1849 – 1903) Before the Great Mosque at Mathura oil on canvas Estimate: $400,000 – 600,000