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Rare Work by Javanese Artist Raden Saleh to be Offered at Christie’s

HONG KONG.- An extremely rare work by the celebrated 19th century Javanese artist Raden Sarief Bustaman Saleh will lead the sale of Christie’s Southeast Asian Modern and Contemporary Art in Hong Kong on 30 May. Titled “Javanese Landscape, with Tigers Listening to the Sound of a Travelling Group” (estimate: HK$10,000,000 – 14,000,000 /US$1,282,000 – 1,795,000), this extraordinary work has an impeccable provenance dating back to 1849, when the artist gave this painting to his patron His Highness Ernest II, Duke and ruler of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and brother to Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria. Over the next 156 years, the work was with the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha family and in a private European collection until 2005. In 2005 the painting was offered at auction but was withdrawn due to its similarities to