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PAGE D'UN ALBUM PROBABLEMENT ASSEMBLÉ PAR SHUJA' AL-DAWLA (NAWAB DE OUDH) INDIA, MUGHAL ART, OUDH, CIRCA 1760 Gold-embellished gouache on paper, with a thin dark-blue inner border, decorated with gilded floral garlands, mounted on buff margins speckled with gold, housing an inscription, in nasta'liq, in a cartouche: "tasvir-e shaykh sa'di"/portrait of Seikh Sa'di, the rear board of the frame bears an old collector's label (Joseph Soustiel) and a handwritten description. Painting: 20 x 12.8 cm; Page: 36.8 x 27.2 cm Ex-collection Joseph Soustiel (1904-90), Paris. This page comes from an album that may have been assembled by the Nawab of Oudh, Shuja al-Daula, around 1770. Some of the paintings in the album bear the seal of Sir Elijah Impey, first Chief Justice of Bengal from 1774 to 1783. These may have been given to Sir Elijah or acquired by him from the Nawab family shortly after his death (Leach, Mughal and Other Indian Paintings From the Chester Beatty Library, 1995, vol.II, p.655-6). It has also been suggested that the patron of this album might have been Najm al-Din 'Ali Khan, depicted in a palace on a page of an album identical to the one on our page (see Sotheby's London, December 14, 1987, lot 31). For other pages sold at auction, see : Christie's, London, April 8, 2008, lots 293 and 294; April 25, 2013, lot 175; Sotheby's London, October 25, 2017, lot 83 and October 19, 2016, lot 18. Other folios from this album were in the Pozzi collection in Paris (see J. Soustiel and M. Beurdeley, Collection Jean Pozzi - Miniatures Indiennes et Orientales, Mes Rheims et Laurin, Palais Galleria, Paris, December 5, 1970, nos.17-20, 24, 71 and 82). The Chester Beatty Library holds eighteen pages, eight of which were produced at the Mughal court in the late 16th and 17th centuries. The remaining ten paintings date from the 18th century and have been attributed to Awadhi artists such as Mihr Chand, Sital Das and Bahadur Singh (Leach, ibid., pp. 656-664; nos. 6.232-6.241). The pages of this album all have dark blue inner borders, large gold-flecked margins on buff paper, and a distinctive cartouche in the upper margin, inscribed in Persian, in nasta'liq. Most of these inscriptions refer to Hosn's protrait, "tasvir-i husn...", which is why this album is sometimes called "Hosn's Album". Corners and edges of the folio slightly scuffed, margins with minor stains, small loss to outer edge of right border, the image with small areas of rubbing and loss to pigments, minor creasing, some staining and scattered spots of discolouration, the pigments on the figures are strong, as viewed. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOG.
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