Grande page d'album : Portrait d'un jeune Raja

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Grande page d'album : Portrait d'un jeune Raja
India, Rajasthan, Bikaner, first half of the 18th century Gouache and gold on paper mounted on a cardboard page. Representing a raja standing in profile, wearing an orange robe (jama), wearing a turban surrounded by a net of pearls and topped by an egret, carrying a shield, a dagger, a sword and a large spear. Red inner border and wide Persian blue outer border, decorated with elegant lotuses. On the reverse, partly damaged Devanagari inscription, an inventory number from an old European collection (B.C.), stamp of the personal collection of the Maharajah of Bikaner and inventory number (5072), dated 10-6-1964, the name "Khet Sing" below. Miniature : 18 x 12.5 cm ; Page : 40.2 x 28.5 cm Former Royal Collection of Bikaner, 1960s, inv. n°5072. Former "B.C" Collection (Inv. n°315). Private collection, France. The royal family of Bikaner formed a collection inventoried by the last ruler, H.H. Maharaja Dr. Karni Singh of Bikaner (r. 1950-1977), whose library stamp is found on the back of each painting. Several miniatures bearing this stamp, in European collections, have appeared in public sales, see, for example, Ader OVV - Exp. Marie-Christine David (d. 2021), Arts de l'Orient et de l'Inde, Paris, 29 June 2018, lot 149. A large set from this collection kept by the royal family, was sold at Christie's, The Indian Sale, India, Mumbai, December 15, 2015. Our page is particularly interesting, because of its size, the quality of its painting and the aestheticism of its margins. In addition, it bears an inventory number of an old European provenance.
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