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    Sale 7587

    19th Century European Art including Orientalist and Spanish Art

    2 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 20

    Rudolph Ernst (Austrian, 1854-1932)

    An elegant chieftain in his palace

    Price Realised  


    Rudolph Ernst (Austrian, 1854-1932)
    An elegant chieftain in his palace
    signed 'R.Ernst' (lower right)
    oil on panel
    28 7/8 x 21 3/8 in. (73.2 x 59.2 cm.)

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    An elegant Chieftain in his Palace, is a wondrous compilation of selected designs from different sources such as Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey and Andalusian Spain. Ernst's exceptional mastery lies in his ability to combine layers of genuine artifacts in order to create outstanding fantasy. Details such as the 19th century Syrian bronze lamp, on the left of the chieftain, which was also depicted in After the Prayer (Christie's, London, 21 June 2000, lot 24), the 18th century Ottoman sash tied around his waist, the blue and green Moroccan octagonal tiles are part of Ernst's classic repertory. The whole is set against a background of Hispano-Moresque architecture inspired by the Alhambra and exemplifies Ernst's skill in visually cross-referencing the archetypal designs of various regions in order to create an extraordinarily evocative whole.

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