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A wooden model of the Dome of the RockA Wooden Model of the Dome of the Rock (1872-3)
By Dr Conrad Schick
Estimated price: £250,000-300,000
Price realised: £242,500

A highlight of Sotheby’s forthcoming Arts of the Islamic World Sale is a monumental model of the Dome of the Rock made in 1873 for the World Fair in Vienna by the architect and archaeologist Dr Conrad Schick (1822-1901).

Schick was commissioned by the Ottoman Sultan Abd al-Aziz to create the wooden and painted plaster model that represents one of the most sacred sites in Islam. Schick’s model displays an intricate attention to detail particularly in the rendering of the interior of the Haram al-Sharif.

Schick was given the rare opportunity to survey the entire site of the Haram al-Sharif, which had hitherto been off-limits to European archaeologists. The model represents an invaluable record of how the building stood in former times. Schick’s ability to capture the essence of this landmark can be ascribed to his in-depth knowledge of Jerusalem and its archaeological landscape.

At the age of 24, Schick travelled to the Holy Land to work as a missionary and went on to spend the rest of his life in Jerusalem, acquiring an unrivalled understanding of the city. The sale of this rare and fascinating model is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a museum quality piece of great historical interest and educational importance.

Sotheby’s London Arts of the Islamic World Sale will be held on April 24, 2013. For further information, please visit http://www.sothebys.com.

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on April 21, 2013.