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    Sale 7587

    19th Century European Art including Orientalist and Spanish Art

    2 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 67

    Ettore Simonetti (Italian, 1857-1909)

    The carpet merchant

    Price Realised  

    Ettore Simonetti (Italian, 1857-1909)
    The carpet merchant
    signed and inscribed 'Ettore Simonetti/Roma' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    26½ x 35½ in. (67 x 90 cm.)
    Painted in Rome.


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    With Giulio Rosati (for example Lot 1), Ettore Simonetti was one of several highly sought-after Roman Orientalist painters who worked together in the studios of the Via Margutta.

    Although best known as a watercolourist, Simonetti was a highly accomplished oil painter, who created compositions from a mixture of photographs, props and his own imagination, often varying the same composition or executing the same composition in two different mediums. Indeed there exists a slighly smaller, but otherwise identical, watercolour of this painting (see C. Juler, Les orientalistes de l'école italienne, Paris, 1992, pp. 238-239).

    Here Simonetti depicts the carpet merchant laying out his wares in front of an exotically dressed noble woman, while silk merchants ply their trade in the background.

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