A collection of paintings valued which hung for many years in 'The Tower House', Inverurie is to go on sale at Bonhams in Edinburgh on the 16th of February.

The 28 works by the 19th Century Danish artist, Niels Simonsen, were collected by Captain Hans Rosenfeldt, a Danish businessman with interests in the Philippines and Singapore, who for over 20 years spent numerous Christmases at The Tower House, Keith Hall, Inverurie with his family. The collection was acquired specifically to be displayed at The Tower House.

Professor Niels Simonsen (1807–1885) is well known in his native Denmark and also in Bavaria where he taught for many years. Simonsen specialized in military paintings – some of his large scale battle works hang in major Danish museums - and in portrayals of the people and places of North Africa. Many of the pictures in the Rosenfeldt collection combine these two themes and among the highlights are Defending a hill fortification, Morocco estimated at £10,000-15,000, An encampment with figure smoking a pipe(£5,000-7,000) and View of Algier from the hills above (£3,000-5,000). The collection is estimated to be worth over £50,000.


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