Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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140

Two marginal illustrations of turbaned youths , in Arabic and Persian

Sold for £150

Est: £150–200

Two marginal illustrations of turbaned youths , in Arabic and Persian, illuminated manuscripts on paper [probably Persia, c. 1900]

Two loose leaves: (a) single column, 18 lines of black naskh (written space 155 by 90 mm.), overlining in red, marginal drawing at lower right-hand margin of verso of seated figure drinking wine under a tree, heightened in gold and bronze, leaf a little darkened, 210 by 150 mm.; (b) single column, 19 lines of black nasta'liq (written space 145 by 65 mm.), chart ruled in red to recto, marginal drawing at lower right-hand margin of verso of standing figure leaning against a tree, heightened in gold and bronze, a few small scattered stains, 165 by 102 mm.

The appealing miniatures on these leaves were drawn over the text on dispersed manuscript leaves with no regard for the writing on the page. They are probably practice drawings on recycled manuscript leaves used by artists’ workshops used to refine the painters’ hands as well as showcase talent and style of the school to prospective patrons.


Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures

Wednesday 06 December 2017, 2.00pm

Bloomsbury London
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