French oil on canvas portrait painting in giltwood frame

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The painting takes the form of a half-length portrait of a Turkish man, who adopts a relaxed pose, standing with his body slightly turned to the side. The man is moustached and he looks directly out at the viewer, a neutral expression on his face. He wears a beautiful, richly-embroidered costume, including a long-sleeve orange striped top and a blue velvet sleeveless vest with a gold edge. The man also wears a white necktie and a deep red turban. His right arm rests on a stand and his hand is raised, displaying a fine ring on one finger.

This portrait has been beautifully rendered in oil on canvas. The artist has employed short, well-blended strokes of paint to naturalistically depict the man’s facial features and his embroidered costume, with its gold threads catching the light. The landscape he stands before is described in broader strokes, to ensure our focus remains on the figure. This is a truly exceptional work, which exhibits great technical skill and beauty.

The painting is displayed in a giltwood frame, which is finely carved with classical anthemion patterns.

Canvas: Height 81cm, width 65cm, depth 2cm
Frame: Height 103cm, width 87.5cm, depth 10cm


Sotheby's London sale 17 October 2001, lot 63 (£12,000)


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Early 19th Century
Figurative Art, Old Master, Portrait
Giltwood, Oil on Canvas
Gold, Multi-coloured


103 cm / 40.6 inches
87.5 cm / 34.3 inches
10 cm / 3.9 inches


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