• Christie's Interiors auction at Christies

    Sale 5915

    Christie's Interiors

    8 September 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 335

    Jellal Ben Abdallah (Tunisian, b.1921)

    A group of musicians in an interior with a view of a mountain beyond

    Price Realised  

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    Jellal Ben Abdallah (Tunisian, b.1921)
    A group of musicians in an interior with a view of a mountain beyond
    signed with monogram and further signed 'ben abdallah' (lower right)
    pencil and watercolour heightened with touches of gold
    4¼ x 3½ in. (10.8 x 8.9 cm.); with six other works by the same hand, the majority signed; and a Monograph on the artist by Jean Duvignaud. (8)


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    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Estate of Mrs Tess Bertrand

    Mrs Tess Bertrand had close family connections with the blue village of Sidi Bou Said outside Tunis, where the Tunisian artist Jellal Ben Abdallah painted and exhibited. Mrs Bertrands grandfather, Baron Rodolfe d'Erlanger (1872-1932), a member of the distinguished French banking family and both patron and artist himself, built the palace of Dar Ennejma Ezzahrain in the village. The palace is now a museum open to the public and houses the Baron's collection of Arabic musical instruments.