Fresh to Market Work by German Master Tops Bonhams Orientalist Art Sale

LondonBy the Fountain by the German painter Ferdinand Bredt (1868-1921) was the top selling lot at Bonhams Orientalist Art sale in London on Tuesday 14 June. The work, which had been held in a private collection since it was acquired in Paris in 1920, sold for £107,400.

Head of Sale, Leo Webster, said: "By the Fountain is an archetypal Bredt painting, full of the fine architectural modelling and wonderful attention to detail that gives his work such authenticity. Although we know little about the artist's life, we do know that he travelled widely in Greece, Italy, Turkey and Tunisia where he absorbed the influences so wonderfully represented in this painting. The fact that By the Fountain was fresh to the market only added to its appeal"

Other highlights included:

A Mother of Algeria by Jules Pierre Van Biesbroeck. From a later generation of Orientalist painters, Van Biesbroeck was first exposed to Orientalism during a visit to North Africa in 1926 – followed by a visit to Algeria in 1927 – which radically altered his style. The artist lived and worked in Algiers from 1929-1938, establishing a studio, 'La Volière', which became famous throughout the city. Sold for £57,000.

Zanzibar by Sir Frank Brangwyn, RA (British, 1867-1956). Signed and dated 1891, the work was likely to have been inspired by a visit to the Zanzibar Archipelago during a painting trip to South Africa, though there is no definitive evidence that the artist made such a visit. The highly effective use of colour provides a fascinating link to Bridgman's New Shoes, Algiers. Sold for £44,000.

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