Lot n° 65
30000 - 50000
Shaykh Muslih Al-Din Sa'di (d. 1292), Kulliyat (Oeuvres complètes), provenant de la collection de Mehr 'Ali fils de Shukrullah Khan Nuri (d. 1865)
Iran, Qajar art, first half of the 19th century
Persian manuscript on western paper of the Nicolo Bruzzo mark, ink, gold and gouache, 456 ff. plus 8 ff. of endpapers, 23 ll. per page in nasta'liq, often in two columns separated by a double-rule. Titles in red, numerous illuminations. Original binding, in papier-mâché and lacquered, with gol-o-bolbol decoration, inner boards with figurative scenes. Very good condition. Some folios detached.
Text: 20 x 12 cm; Page: 29.5 x 19 cm
Christie's, Art of Islamic and Indian Worlds, London, 31 March 2009, lot 204.
A note on f.1a indicates that the manuscript was purchased in Shiraz on 10 Rabi' I 1270 / 11 December 1853, by Mehr 'Ali son of Shukrullah Khan Nuri, and remained in the Nuri family, including with Sadiq al-Mulk, the deputy foreign minister, until it was presented by Sadiq al-Mulk to the library of the Prime Minister Amin al-Sultan in 1300 / 1882-83.
Although it lacks a signature, the quality of this manuscript is remarkable. In addition to being perfectly documented, its journey through prestigious collections is traceable thanks to its numerous stamps and notes. Oval stamp: Sadiq al-Mulk 1295 A.H./1878, square stamp: 1. Sadiq al-Mulk ra'is omur-e doval-e khareje 1295 A.H./1878; 2. al-raji Mehr-'Ali bin Shukrallah khan. The stamps on the last page: Three belong to Mirza Muhammad Khan Nuri, son of Abdallah Nuri (the private secretary of Abbas Mirza) and the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the year 1275 H./1858-59, possessor of the title Sadiq al-Mulk from the year 1295 H./1878-79; One oval stamp: Muhammad bin Abdallah 1274 H./1857-58, another: Sadiq al-Mulk 1295 H./1878-79. And a square: Sadiq al-Mulk ra'is omur-e doval-e khareje 1295 H./1878.
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