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Ornately Framed 19th Century Oil - Eastern Souq Scene

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A 19th Century oil on panel depicting a busy Eastern market scene. The artist has captured various seated men in conversation, trading and bartering their wares. A large mosque dominates the background, with a tall minaret just visible to the upper right. The rich colours and red hues are wonderfully preserved, and still maintain a depth and glossy quality.

The 'souq' or market is typically a commercial quarter in Western Asian, North African and some central African cities. Usually filled with rich fabrics, spices and fruit; during the 19th century they exuded an exotic and unique air that typical Western audiences found fashionable. This Western interest in 'Oriental' culture led to the publication of many books about daily life in Middle Eastern countries. Souqs, bazaars and the trappings of trade feature prominently in paintings and engravings of the 18th and 19th centuries.

This fine oil is well presented in a gilt mount and ornate gilt frame with detailed moulding to all four corners.

On close inspection there appears to be a faint signature to the lower left, however the name is illegible. A faint '42' is also just visible.

On panel.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including discolouration and craquelure. Areas of surface dirt. Inspection under UV light reveals no signs of restoration. The frame is fragile, and does show some very small cracking to the lower left corner. Overall the condition is good.


24 x 21cm (9.4" x 8.3")
Framed Size: 46 x 43cm (18.1" x 16.9")

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Code kk572
Date 19th Century
Dimensions 24 x 21cm
Framed Yes
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Interiors
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