Major Mahmoud Said Painting Triumphs at Bonhams Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art Sale
Mahmoud Said (Egypt, 1897-1964) La Mise Au Tombeau (The Entombment)

LondonLa Mise Au Tombeau, an exceptional oil painting by Egyptian artist Mahmoud Said (Egypt, 1897-1964), was the top lot at Bonhams' sale of Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art including On The Banks of the Nile in London yesterday (Tuesday 24 May). The work achieved an impressive £630,300 against a pre-sale estimate of £350,000 - £500,000. It was purchased by The Halim Time & Glass Museum in Chicago, in anticipation of major exhibition showcasing ancient and Modern Egyptian Artworks.

The 77-lot sale made a total of £2,083,260, with 71% sold by lot and 97% sold by value.

Noor Soussi, Bonhams Head of Sale, commented: "We are delighted with the results of the sale and to have achieved such a fantastic price for an important work by Mahmoud Said. La Mise Au Tombeau revealed how Said began to take risks as he found his identity as an artist, whilst growing tired of the staid conventions of academic portraiture and landscapes. In these works, he sought to capture more intimate scenes from Egyptian everyday life. Moreover, the work had a wonderful provenance, having belonged to the daughter of the artist, and twice featured in major retrospectives while on loan to the Museum of Fine Arts in Alexandria."

Other highlights included:

Mohamed Melehi (Morocco, 1936-2020), Croisé B. Sold for £189,300.

Charles Hossein Zenderoudi (Iran, born 1937), WHO'S WATCHING. Sold for £88,500.

Mahmoud Said (Egypt, 1897-1964), Nu couché au divan blue (Nude Reclining on a Blue Couch). Sold for £138,900. Purchased by The Halim Time & Glass Museum in Chicago.

Dia Azzawi (Iraq, born 1939), Summer Nights. Sold for £50,700.

25 May 2022

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