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Rudolf Ernst (Austrian 1854-1932) Spinning Yarn in the Harem, Sold for $191,000

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Published: 9 June 2015

Selections from the Specialist | European Art & Old Masters

Freeman's fine art specialist David Weiss shares what he considers to be some of the stand out pieces being offered in our June 16 auction European Art & Old Masters. Exhibition for this sale opens to the public on Friday, June 12 at 10am. We invite you to join us then to view these, and other works being offered in what will be our final auction of the spring season. 

Laurence Stephen Lowry (British 1887-1976) “Peel park, Salford”, Estimate $250,000-350,000

This wonderful L.S. Lowry oil, a view of Peel Park, Salford, is fresh to the market from a private local collection and is making its first appearance on this side of the Atlantic. The work is a gem. Peel Park was one of his best loved subjects, and is here treated in the artist's straightforward but dreamlike manner. 

 

LOT 96
Laurence Stephen Lowry

(British 1887-1976)
“Peel park, Salford”
Estimate $250,000-350,000

This work sold for $425,000

 

Rudolf Ernst (Austrian 1854-1932) Spinning Yarn in the Harem, Estimate $100,000-150,000

Another wonderful painting in this auction is ‘Spinning Yarn’ by Rudolf Ernst, one of the leading second generation Orientalist painters. Orientalism as a recognized art movement coincided with European fascination with antiquity and the Near East. This work exemplifies themes central to the movement by featuring a lavish harem interior replete with exotic figures, Moorish design and Oriental rugs. 

 

LOT 152
Rudolf Ernst 

(Austrian 1854-1932)
“Spinning Yarn in the Harem”
Estimate $100,000-150,000

This work sold for $191,000

 

David Roberts (Scottish 1796-1864) “Bazaar of the Silk Mercers, Cairo”, Estimate $25,000-40,000

Sticking with the Far Eastern theme, the  watercolor by David Roberts depicting the bazaar of the silk mercers in Cairo is a wonderful example of this important Scottish artist and lithographer. There is a long overdue reassessment of and renewed interest in Orientalism as a theme in 19th century art, this and Lot 152 (above) are excellent examples of the genre. 

 

 

 

 

 

LOT 51
David Roberts
 
(Scottish 1796-1864)
“Bazaar of the Silk Mercers, Cairo”
Estimate $25,000-40,000

This work sold for $87,500

 

 

Francois Boucher (French 1703-1770) “Saint Anthony of Padua and the Finding of the Miser's Heart”, Estimate $8,000-12,000Arguably, Francois Boucher’s "Saint Anthony of Padua and the Finding of the Miser's Heart"  may generate as much interest as any work on paper in the sale. A rare example by the French 18th century master, it has impeccable provenance datable to the first half of the 1700s and reveals Boucher’s skill as a master draughtsman.

 

LOT 9
Francois Boucher 
(French 1703-1770)
“Saint Anthony of Padua and the Finding of the Miser's Heart”
Estimate $8,000-12,000

This work sold for $13,750

 

View the complete catalogue for the June 16 auction European Art & Old Masters

David Weiss serves as a Senior Vice President of Freeman's, and heads the European Art & Old Masters department. He specializes in 19th & 20th Century European Paintings & Sculpture, 19th & 20th Century European Drawings & Prints, Old Master Paintings & Sculpture, Old Master Drawings & Prints, and Maritime & Sporting Art. Read his full bio here.

 

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