Lot n° 85
3000 - 4000
Scène de Temple
India, Mughal art, 17th century
Grisaille enhanced with polychrome pigments (traces) and gold, on paper mounted on a cardboard page with pink margins decorated with golden scrolls. Representing a scene suggesting the Annunciation, animated by characters in European dress, two angels presenting a book and a portrait (of Christ) to a young woman reading, seated on an armchair decorated with golden rams' heads, young children waving at her feet. In the background, a figure lifting a curtain. Very damaged condition, consolidated by the application of a white material visible with ultra violet examination. Illegible inscription in the upper middle.
Drawing : 18 x 11.5 cm ; Page : 32.5 x 20 cm
A drawing in the Edwin Binney Collection shows similar architecture and a seated young woman wearing a gilded outfit and headdress very similar to those in this drawing (Binney, E., 3rd, Indian Miniature Painting from the Collection of Edwin Binney, 3rd: the Mughal and Deccani Schools, Portland, 1973, cat. No. 70, p. 95). For a drawing from the Akbar period with an almost identical chair, see : Christie's, Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds, London, April 17, 2007, lot 212). An album page with a drawing depicting the same figure lifting a curtain and the same trees in the background is in the collection of the British Library in London (acc. J.6, 6).
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