Islamic and Indian Art

Bonhams London
London, New Bond Street

Datum der Auktion: 26.10.2020

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A leaf from a manuscript of the Qur'an written in kufic script on vellum

Arabic manuscript on vellum, 7 lines to the page written in bold kufic script in black ink with vowel points in red, green and yellow, gold petalled roundels marking verse-endings, two circular devices containing the word ashr in stylised kufic 175 x 268 mm. (visible size

Los #: 1

Schätzpreis: 5.000 £ - 7.000 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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A Qur'an leaf in gold and black muhaqqaq script

Arabic manuscript on cream-coloured paper, 12 lines to the page written in elegant muhaqqaq script in alternating black and gold with diacritics and vowel points in red and black, on alternating pale blue, buff, brown and buff grounds, roundels decorated with coloured dots marking the verse-endings

Los #: 2

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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A calligraphic composition written in nasta'liq script, comprising two...

Persian manuscript on paper, four lines of text written diagonally in nasta'liq script in black ink within cloudbands on a ground of floral motifs in colours and gold (perhaps later), laid down on an album page with gilt-decorated inner borders and a sky blue outer border composition 160 x 80 mm

Los #: 3

Schätzpreis: 2.500 £ - 3.500 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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A leaf from an illustrated manuscript, depicting a prince enthroned...

gouache and gold on paper, recto three lines of text in nasta'liq script, borders decorated with stylised clouds, and a wild beast amidst foliage, verso thirteen lines of text written in two columns horizontally and diagonally, inner margins ruled in colours and gold leaf 223 x 127 mm

Los #: 4

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 5.000 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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A leaf from an illustrated manuscript, depicting an enthroned ruler with...

gouache and gold on paper, four lines of text written in nasta'liq script in two columns, inner margins ruled in colours and gold, outer margins with stylised clouds and foliage in gold, verso eighteen lines of text written in two columns leaf 229 x 143 mm

Los #: 5

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 5.000 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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A leaf from an illustrated manuscript, depicting a hunting scene with wild...

gouache and gold on paper, five lines of text written in nasta'liq text in two columns, inner margins ruled in colours and gold, outer border with stylised clouds and foliage in gold leaf 226 x 141 mm

Los #: 6

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 5.000 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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An illustrated leaf from a manuscript of the Sharaf-nameh, the fifth book...

gouache and gold on paper, recto four lines of text written in nasta'liq script in black ink in four columns, outer border decorated with scrolling stylised floral motifs in gold, verso 23 lines of text, inner margins ruled in colours and gold leaf 250 x 147 mm

Los #: 7

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 5.000 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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An illustrated leaf from a manuscript of the Risalah Hatamiyyah of Kamal...

gouache and gold on paper, three lines of text written in nasta'liq script in black ink, with a heading in red ink, inner margins ruled in colours and gold, recto ten lines of text leaf 193 x 135 mm

Los #: 8

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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An illustrated leaf from a manuscript in prose

Persian manuscript on paper, four lines recto of text in nasta'liq script in black ink within cloudbands, inner margins ruled in gold and blue, outer border with stylised vegetal motifs in gold painting 125 x 80 mm.; leaf 245 x 150 mm

Los #: 9

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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A large album of leaves from dispersed manuscripts of the Qur'an, written...

Arabic manuscript on paper, laid down on later gold-sprinkled card mounts, 23 pages, comprising (in order): six leaves of calligraphic specimens in thuluth, muhaqqaq and naskhi script; 14 leaves from a manuscript of the Qur'an written in eastern kufic script, Persia, 13th Century, 18 lines to the

Los #: 10

Schätzpreis: 7.000 £ - 10.000 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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Sa'di, Kulliyat, with eight miniatures

Persian manuscript on paper, 418 leaves, 11 lines to the page written in nasta'liq script in black ink, and further text of Bustan written diagonally in the area between the text panel and the outer margins, some words in gold, inner margins ruled in colours and gold, headings in gold and blue

Los #: 11

Schätzpreis: 12.000 £ - 15.000 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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An album of calligraphy in concertina form, copied by 'Ali Reza

Persian manuscript on gold-sprinkled paper laid down on card, 14 leaves, 5 lines to the page written in fine nasta'liq script in black ink, some words in gold, inner borders of blue paper with inner margin rules in colours and gold, outer borders with stencilled floral motifs, one illuminated

Los #: 12

Schätzpreis: 7.000 £ - 10.000 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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Inba' al-Istifa' fi-haqq aba' al-Mustafa, a religious treatise concerning...

Arabic manuscript on polished paper, 81 leaves, 13 lines to the page written in clear ta'liq script in black ink, significant words and sentences underlined in red ink, catchwords, extensive Arabic commentaries written diagonally in wide outer margins, 16th Century burgundy morocco binding with

Los #: 13

Schätzpreis: 8.000 £ - 12.000 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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A calligraphic composition consisting of the nada 'Ali quatrain in the form...

pen and ink and gold on paper, mounted on album page with floral margins composition 155 x 270 mm.; album page 240 x 355 mm

Los #: 14

Schätzpreis: 8.000 £ - 12.000 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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Two calligraphic compositions, each comprising verses from the Qur'an...

Arabic manuscript on paper, text written in two lines of bold, large naskhi script in black ink on a pale green ground decorated with vegetal motifs in gold and further illuminated cornerpieces, blue, gold and brown illuminated borders 269 x 366 mm. and slightly smaller(2

Los #: 15

Schätzpreis: 800 £ - 1.200 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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An illuminated Qur'an

Arabic manuscript on gold-sprinkled paper, 425 leaves, 15 lines to the page written in clear naskhi script in black ink with diacritics and vowel points in black and red, gold discs decorated with blue dots between verses, inner margins ruled in green, blue and gold, catchwords, illuminated devices

Los #: 16

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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Sa'di, Gulistan, copied by Faqir Jan Muhammad

Persian manuscript on paper, 161 leaves, ten lines to the page written in fine nasta'liq script in black, red and blue ink in one or two columns, inner margins ruled in gold, orange and blue, one illuminated headpiece in colours and gold, headings and significant words in red and blue, some marginal

Los #: 17

Schätzpreis: 1.200 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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An impressive lithographed copy of Firdausi's Shahnama, with 58...

lithograph on paper, 346 leaves, 33 lines to the page in nasta'liq script in six columns, headings in nasta'liq script within decorated panels, catchwords, page numbers, 58 illustrations, mostly quarter-page, several three-quarter-page, opening prose preface, monochrome decorated opening headpiece

Los #: 18

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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An illuminated Qur'an, copied by Ibrahim Saidawi[?], a pupil of 'Ali...

Arabic manuscript on paper, 302 leaves, 15 lines to the page written in naskhi script in black ink with diacritics and vowel points in red and black ink, gold roundels decorated with blue dots marking verse-endings, inner margins ruled in red and gold, illuminated rectangular panels prepared for

Los #: 19

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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An illuminated Qur'an, Husain al-Zahidi, a pupil of Ahmad al-Nazifi

Arabic manuscript on paper, 303 leaves, 15 lines to the page written in naskhi script in black ink with diacritics and vowel points in black and red, gold discs marking verse-endings, inner margins ruled in black, red and gold, catchwords, illuminated devices in wide outer margins, sura headings

Los #: 20

Schätzpreis: 1.200 £ - 1.800 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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An illuminated Qur'an copied by 'Uthman Sa'di, a pupil of Khalil Safi

Arabic manuscript on paper, 303 leaves, 15 lines to the page written in naskhi script in black ink with diacritics and vowel points in black and red ink, gold roundels between verses, inner margins ruled in red and gold, catchwords, sura headings written in thuluth script in white within gilt

Los #: 21

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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A large calligraphic composition comprising four panels in thuluth script...

Arabic manuscript on paper, four panels each with a single line of text written in thuluth script in black ink on a buff ground, inner borders with stylised floral motifs in gold on a black ground, two further smaller text cartouches above and below, cornerpieces in rococo style in gold on a black

Los #: 22

Schätzpreis: 800 £ - 1.200 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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A hilyeh (the attributes of the Prophet), signed by the scribe Muhammad

Arabic manuscript on paper, the text comprising the bismallah in bold large thuluth script in black ink, below this the hilyeh of the Prophet written in naskhi script within a large roundel, this bordered by the names of the Four Rightly-Guided Caliphs, all on a ground of intertwining floral motifs

Los #: 23

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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An attractive small manuscript copy of Maktabi Shirazi's Layla va Majnun...

Persian manuscript on blue-green paper, 102 leaves, nine lines to the page written in two columns of small shikasteh in black ink, two further couplets written diagonally in outer panels, inner margins ruled in black and gold, double-page illuminated frontispiece in colours and gold, twelve

Los #: 24

Schätzpreis: 1.200 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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A calligraphic composition in nasta'liq script

Persian manuscript on paper, the central panel consisting of siyah mashq in large nasta'liq script in black ink on a gold-decorated ground, separate panels containing couplets in nasta'liq script above and below this, laid down on an album page with profusely and finely decorated borders in colours

Los #: 25

Schätzpreis: 800 £ - 1.200 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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Two Qajar albums of calligraphic compositions, mostly written in shikasteh

Persian (and some Arabic) manuscript on paper, laid down on card album pages, the first comprising eighteen compositions, all in shikasteh except one in naskhi and nasta'liq scripts; the second comprising seven compositions, most in shikasteh, marbled covers 302 x 215 mm.; 405 x 275 mm.(2

Los #: 26

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 4.000 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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An album page of calligraphic practice writing (siyah mashq) in profuse...

Persian manuscript on paper, closely intertwining nasta'liq script written diagonally in black ink within cloudbands on a ground of floral motifs in colours and gold, the composition laid down on an album page with blue floral inner border and wide outer border with scrolling floral motifs in gold

Los #: 27

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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An album page of calligraphic practice writing (siyah mashq) in profuse...

Persian manuscript on paper, closely intertwining nasta'liq script written diagonally in black ink within cloudbands on a ground of floral motifs in colours and gold, the composition laid down on an album page with blue floral inner border and wide outer border with scrolling floral motifs in gold

Los #: 28

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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Six calligraphic album pages in shikasteh, including two attributed to 'Abd...

Persian manuscript on paper, each composition written in shikasteh in black ink diagonally and horizontally within cloudbands on a gold ground, coloured paper borders, all mounted and framed together the largest 230 x 135 mm.; frame 37.5 x 120.5 cm

Los #: 29

Schätzpreis: 1.800 £ - 2.400 £

Datum: 26.10.2020

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Majnun brought to Layla's camp in chains by a beggar woman, after an...

gouache on card, five panels at top containing text in naskhi and nasta'liq script, profusely decorated wide outer border, in a contemporary Chinese-style frame 395 x 273 mm.; with frame 52 x 41 cm

Los #: 30

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 26.10.2020