Arthur Melville, ARSA RSW ARS (British, 1855-1904) Cairo Coffee Stall

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 53
Arthur Melville, ARSA RSW ARS
(British, 1855-1904)
Cairo Coffee Stall

Sold for £ 18,000 (US$ 24,812) inc. premium

Fine Paintings

7 Dec 2007, 11:00 GMT

Edinburgh

Arthur Melville, ARSA RSW ARS (British, 1855-1904)
Cairo Coffee Stall
signed, inscribed 'Cairo' and dated 1881, watercolour and white heightening, with scratching out,
38.5 x 53.5cm (15 3/16 x 21 1/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance : John Tullis, Glasgow, and by descent
    Exhibited : Loaned to the RSA, 1905 (no65) and the RI, 1906 (no134)
    Literature : Mackay, AE, 'Arthur Melville', Leigh on Sea, 1951, p129.
    Note : Tullis, one of Melville's principal early patrons, owned three Egyptian works.
    Despite the dearth of Orientalist works exhibited in Scotland pre-1881, Melville's watercolours sold readily to patrons with trade interests abroad, such as Tullis (a leather goods manufacturer), Arthur Sanderson and James Mackinlay (whisky distillers) and James Cox Cox (jute).
    Melville was in Cairo from autumn 1880 - February '82, residing at Shepheard's Hotel. In 1881, he had produced some of his finest early works, like 'Interior of a Turkish Bath, Paris', which anticipated the trip, 'Pilgrim's Prayer', and 'Arab Interior'. He relished sketching 'en plein air' in the dusty streets and bazaars, also depicting the sphynx and pyramids, until tiring of the crowds he was attracting. The watercolours produced 1881-'83 were to sustain him throughout his career, inspiring later masterpieces like 'Awaiting an Audience with the Pasha'.
Auction information

This sale is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future sales, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this sale, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories, buyer's premium excluding Cars, Motorbikes, Wine, Whisky and Coin & Medal sales, will be as follows:

Buyer's Premium Rates
27.5% on the first £10,000 of the hammer price;
25% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £10,000 up to and including £450,000;
20% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £450,000 up to and including £4,500,000;
and 14.5% of the hammer price of any amounts in excess of £4,500,000.

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

For payment information please refer to the sale catalog.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

App