'La Route descendant du mont Megamendung' by Raden Saleh, estimated €1m-1.5m at Daguerre.

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This large, 5ft 5in x 4ft 4in (1.65 x 1.34m) oil on canvas titled La Route descendant du mont Megamendung is on the original canvas, is signed, dated and located lower right Raden Salah F java 1861 and has an estimate of €1m-1.5m.

The painting is one of the first of his tropical forest views and the first depiction of this site.

This view of the Indonesian landscape shows the influence of his 23 years spent in Europe and his connections with European art of the period. The painting was acquired direct from the artist by Eduard Cassalette and kept by the Cassalette family ever since.


A picture from the Cassalette family albums of Javanese photographs from the early 1860s, offered at Daguerre.

The sale also includes the Cassalette family’s two albums of Javanese photographs from the early 1860s each in a binding titled in gilt Java Eduard Cassalette. One contains 53 albumen prints of Javanese views by Isadore van Kinsbergen (1821-1905), the first European photographer of Java and his now more famous English competitors Walter Woodbury 1834-85); Henry James Woodbury (1836-73) and James Page (1833-65), the founders of Woodbury and Page.

The second album contains 72 albumen prints by van Kinsbergen; a mix of portraits and scenes of Javanese courts. Both sets of prints have been affected by moisture and each album is guided at €5000-6000.