Henri Rousseau, Rider & Sloughi, 1929. Est.$27,000-40,000. Photo: Sotheby's.
Sotheby’s announced the sale in Paris on 9 October 2012 of a superb ensemble of Orientalist pictures, Islamic works of art, ceramics, arms, and Moroccan jewellery from the famous Villa Aïn Kassimou in Marrakesh, property of Patrick Guerrand-Hermès.
Monsieur Guerrand-Hermès is a descendant of the founder of Maison Hermès, and has been a discreet, efficient director of the group for a number of years. He is also a sports-lover and keen polo enthusiast, who has recreated the warm atmosphere of a fine, late 19th century Moroccan residence in this enchanting villa, swathed in bougainvilleas and colourful flowers.
The collection includes a magnificent ensemble of equestrian scenes, reflecting the Hermès family’s passion for horses.
19th Century Orientalist Pictures from the Patrick Guerrand-Hermès Collection
Orientalism and its array of itinerant artists is the central theme of the collection which Patrick Guerrand-Hermès has amassed at the Villa Aïn Kassimou. The ensemble of around one hundred paintings, drawings, watercolours and engravings presents a sweeping overview of (mainly French) Orientalist Art from the late 18th century to the 1930s.
The 19th century saw a number of events drew attention to the Near East in the wake of Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign of 1798, when many artists followed Bonaparte’s armies. Then came the War of Greek Independence in 1822 and France’s conquest of Algeria in 1830. Painters, writers and historians, keen to discover far-away lands and age-old civilizations, set off for adventure, braving the dangers and difficulties of such expeditions to discover Egypt, Turkey, Algeria or Morocco. The impact of so many new sights and impressions would be considerable, and modify artists’ vision in the long term.
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