Lot n° 88
8000 - 10000
Result with fees
: 10 400EUR
Page d'un album Read : Portrait en buste d'un dignitaire moghol
India, Deccan, Mughal art, 18th century
Text: Mathnawy-e Ma'nawi by Jalal al-Din Rumi (d. 1273). Black ink, pigments and gold on paper, mounted on a cartoon page, muliti-borders in cut marbled paper and cartouches inscribed in nasta'liq. On the reverse, a stamp in the name of "Muhammad Asif Jang" and a note dated: 1293 AH /1876-77.
Miniature : 7.8 x 6.2 cm ; Page : 31.5 x 23.8 cm
This page comes from an album known as the "Read Album", the majority of whose pages are kept in the United States (The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York). Our page can be compared to a very similar one, sold at Sotheby's in New York: South Asian Art, New York, 21 March 2012, lot 226. Two other pages from a Read album are also close to the one presented here, published in: B. Schmitz, Islamic and Indian Manuscripts and Paintings in The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 1997, pp.170-2, pl. 42 and figs. 236 and 237. The Read album of Mughal paintings belonged to Sir Charles Hercules Read, Curator of Medieval Antiquities at the British Museum. The Pierpont Morgan Library was able to acquire 30 folios from this album in 1911. The remaining 48 pages were all dispersed.
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