Willem De Famars Testas

Netherlands (18341896 ) - Artworks
FAMARS TESTAS de Willem Binnenplein Te Kairo: On An Oriental Square

Christie's /Oct 25, 2005
4,975.45 - 6,965.96
6,000.00

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Willem De Famars Testas - The Well And Sycamore In Ezbekieh Square, Cairo

Willem De Famars Testas - The Well And Sycamore In Ezbekieh Square, Cairo

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Lot number: 62
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LOT 62 - WILLEM DE FAMARS TESTAS DUTCH, 1834 - 1896 THE WELL AND SYCAMORE IN EZBEKIEH SQUARE, CAIRO signed WTestas lower left oil on canvas 10,000—15,000 GBP 50.5 by 73.5cm., 20 by 29in. signed WTestas lower left oil on canvas Sale: Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 24 April 2007, lot 19Purchased by the present owner at the above sale
Willem De Famars Testas - Two Elegant Ladies And A Gentleman On Horseback

Willem De Famars Testas - Two Elegant Ladies And A Gentleman On Horseback

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Lot number: 552
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Willem de Famars Testas (Utrecht 1834-1896 Arnhem) Two elegant ladies and a gentleman on horseback with monogram (centre right) pen and ink on paper 196 x 253 mm. and 3 other works on paper depicting watermill 'de Hes aan deKlingelbeek', Cavelarists and a study of a naked men. (4) THE PROPERTY OF THE LATE HANS VAN LEEUWEN
Willem De Famars Testas - Le Puits Et Le Vieux Sycomore A La Place De L'esbekieh Au Kaire (egypte)

Willem De Famars Testas - Le Puits Et Le Vieux Sycomore A La Place De L'esbekieh Au Kaire (egypte)

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WILLEM DE FAMARS TESTAS (1834-1896) - LE PUITS ET LE VIEUX SYCOMORE A LA PLACE DE L'ESBEKIEH AU KAIRE (EGYPTE) -
Mis: 50 by 74 cm.
signed l.l.; signed and titled on the reverse oil on canvas ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON LOT 19 IN SALE 19TH CENTURY PAINTINGS, Willem de Famars Testas As far as we know, Willem de Famars Testas travelled to Esbekieh in the years 1858-1860. This is confirmed by a sketchbook in the collection of the Rijksprentenkabinet in Amsterdam (Inv.nr. 1974, 9-28). The journey is described by the artist himself in a manuscript, which was published only recently. See: Willem de Famars Testas, Reisschetsen uit Egypte 1858-1860, edited by M.J. Raven, published Maarssen/The Hague 1988. Some other works that Willem de Famars Testas executed in Eskebieh are mentioned in an unpublished thesis of Q.M.M. Molenaar, Willem de Famars Testas (1843-1896), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 1995, p. 43. The present lot always stayed in the hands of the artist, later with his wife. It has been exhibited in 1888 at the Kunstaustellung in Munich (as number 1745). A year earlier, in 1887, it was most probably exhibited at the art society ?Kunstliefde? in Utrecht, were it was titled ?De put en de oude sycomoreboom op het Eskebie plein te Kario? (?The well and the old Sycomoretree at the Eskebie square in Kairo). Asking price in 1887 was 900 Dutch guilders, which was a substantial amount at that time. The fact that the painting was first exhibited in 1887 indicates that is must have been painted round that time. The present lot can be compared to a watercolour of the same subject in the Rijksprentenkabinet, Amsterdam, which is dated 1858. It was not uncommon that the artist took up a subject several decades later. In that sense the present lot is a later impression of the artist?s travels to Egypt in 1858-1860. This painting, which was rediscovered only recently, can be regarded as a highlight in the oeuvre of Famars Testas. It is annotated on the back by the artist and still very much in original condition, kept in the original frame. The artist has a relatively small oeuvre, therefore his works ? especially oil paintings - are quite rare and hardly come up for auction. See for more information on the artist?s stay in Esbekieh: Willem de Famars Testas, De schilderskaravaan, manuscript 1868, annotated by M.J. Raven, Leiden/Leuven 1992, p. 26, note 30; Willem de Famars Testas, Reisschetsen uit Egypte 1858-1860, manuscript edited by M.J. Raven, published Maarssen/The Hague 1988, p. 205, note 2.

PROVENANCE
W. de Famars Testas, Rue Vautier 12, Brussels Mrs. W. de Famars Testas

EXHIBITED
München, Kunstaustellung, 1888, no. 1745 The Hague, Gemeente Museum, no. 644
Willem De Famars Testas - Binnenplein Te Kairo: On An Oriental Square

Willem De Famars Testas - Binnenplein Te Kairo: On An Oriental Square

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Lot number: 166
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Willem de Famars Testas (Dutch, 1834-1896) Binnenplein te Kairo: on an Oriental square signed 'WTestas' (lower right) pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper 48 x 34.5 cm. Provenance From the artist's estate to his daughter, Marie Madelaine deFamars Testas (1885-1945). A gift from Mrs M.M. de Famars Testas to the parents of the presentowner. Exhibited The Hague, Haags Gemeentemuseum, year unknown, cat.no. 650, as:Binnenplein te Kaire. Lot Notes In 1858, Testas was given an opportunity that would have afar-reaching effect on his artistic career. Via a distant relative,Testas was put in touch with Emile Prisse d'Avenne (1807-1879), anexperienced Parisian archaeologist who was about to undertake atrip to Egypt. Prisse's expedition started out in Alexandria andsubsequently took Testas to Cairo where, for the duration of ayear, they lead a hard-working and solitary life. In contrast to his French and English colleagues, who nurtured astrong liking for sumptuous and imaginary depictions of harems,palaces and colourful interiors of mosques, Testas' work wasrealistic and clearly revealed his training as an archaeologicaldraughtsman. Altough Orientalism made a furore internationally, the Dutch tastefor this genre never fully developed and Testas' real breakthroughonly came when his work was discovered by the renowned Parisianartdealer Albert Goupil (1840-1884). Although Testas had established a considerable reputation by thistime, he was eventually forced to exchange his native town Utrechtfor Brussels, where the art climate was more favourable. Followingthis move, Testas also dedicated himself to picturing episodes fromDutch history and made book illustrations for works by amongstothers Jakob van Lennep. Until his death in 1896, Testas' mainsource of inspiration would however remain the trips he had made tothe Middle East.
Willem De Famars Testas - An Oasis In Egypt

Willem De Famars Testas - An Oasis In Egypt

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Lot number: 73
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Willem de Famars Testas (Dutch, 1834-1896) An oasis in Egypt signed 'WTestas.' (lower left) oil on canvas 36 x 54.5 cm. Lot Notes Willem de Famars Testas was born in 1834 in Utrecht. After having finished his studies at the Academy of The Hague, he had the opportunity to join the party of Emile Prisse d' Ávennes, a distant relative, on an oriental expedition. The goal of this expedition was to record Arab monuments as illustrations for Prisse's books 'L'Art Arabe' and 'L'histoire de l'art Égyptién. The party was to comprise of the author, a draughtsman, a photographer and Willem de Famars Testas. His presence was to benefit his own personal development but he was subsequently recruited as draughtsman because the official one never appeared. After returning from his expedition to Holland after two years, the artist not only had a great number of drawings for Prisse, but also a vast collection of sketches of animals, objects and landscapes. These sketches were the basis for his oeuvre, which mainly consists of every day life in the Orient. After having made contact with several international artdealers he was invited in 1868 by the famous French Orientalist Jean-Leon Gérome (1824-1904) to join a number of his fellow artists on a trip to the Orient. Following this second trip to the Orient Willem de Famars Testas moved to Brussels in 1872. This composition depicts a scene on the outskirts of an Egyptian town where desert and town meet. In the present lot his use of warm colours, animals and local dress are a fine example of Willem de Famars Testas ability to render the flavour of the Orient on canvas.
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