Pair of watercolours of harems by Vittorio Rappini
Italian, early 20th Century
Frame: 48cm, width 58cm, depth 3.5cm
Sheet: 24cm, width 34cm
This set of two watercolour paintings depicts scenes of women in the harem. The works, by the Italian artist Vittorio Rappini, are superb examples of the Italian Orientalist style. One painting presents two women seated on the floor of a room replete with Islamic style decorations, including rugs, furniture, and wall tiles. The women enjoy a quiet moment: one views herself in a hand mirror while the other, her eyes cast down, is deep in reflection. The second painting, similarly executed, portrays a woman prone on a divan accompanied by an older fortune teller.
The first painting is inscribed to the mount ‘In the Harem,’ while the second is inscribed ‘The fortuner-teller’ Both works are signed ‘Rappini’, one lower left and one lower right. Each picture is contained by a giltwood frame.