Islamic & Indian Art

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Datum der Auktion: 02.04.2009

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Three vellum Qur'an leaves written in early kufic script with two...

Arabic manuscript on vellum, 17 lines to the page written in an elegant dispersed kufic script in brown ink, red dots probably added at a later date, cluster of gold dots on square-shaped markers between verses, two bands decorated with a knotted rope motif in gold and some colour, two illuminated

Los #: 1

Schätzpreis: 0 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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Two consecutive Qur'an leaves on vellum (sura II, al-Baqara (The Cow...

Arabic manuscript on vellum, 17 lines to the page written in dispersed kufic script in brown ink with diacritics and vowel points in red and green probably added later, red and green roundels between verses, sura heading written in kufic script in red ink, lower corners damaged with loss of text

Los #: 2

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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A Qur'an bifolium on vellum (sura XXXIV, Saba (The City of Saba), part of...

Arabic manuscript on vellum, 6 lines to the page written in large and elegant maghribi script in brown ink with diacritics and vowel points in red, green, orange and blue, gold rosettes and shell-shaped markers between verses, some worming affecting a few letters of text, waterstaining restricted to

Los #: 3

Schätzpreis: 0 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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Seven large Qur'an leaves written in muhaqqaq script probably Mamluk Egypt...

Arabic manuscript on cream-coloured paper, 14 lines to the page written in large muhaqqaq script in black ink with diacritics and vowel points in red and black, gold discs decorated with blue dots between verses, illuminated circular devices in outer borders, sura headings written in thuluth script

Los #: 4

Schätzpreis: 0 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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An illustrated leaf from Hafiz-i Abru's Majma al-Tawarikh (The Assembly of...

Persian and Arabic manuscript on paper, 33 lines to the page written in clear naskhi script in black ink, interlinear rules in red, margins ruled in blue and red, zig-zag border in red ink at top of image, heading written in thuluth script in red 420 x 325 mm

Los #: 5

Schätzpreis: 0 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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Afrasiyab, ruler of Turan, fighting Rustam; Tur defeated by Minuchihr; Kai...

Persian manuscript on cream-coloured paper, approximately 23 lines to the page written horizontally and diagonally in four columns of nasta'liq script in black ink, double intercolumnar rules in gold, inner margins ruled in colours and gold, catchwords in wide margins, headings written in nasta'liq

Los #: 6*

Schätzpreis: 0 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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A illustrated leaf from a Persian manuscript of Qazwini's Aja'ib...

text written in nasta'liq script in black ink on paper, significant words picked out in red, inner margins ruled in blue, red, black and gold, one drawing slightly rubbed, framed 270 x 165 mm

Los #: 7

Schätzpreis: 0 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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An illustrated leaf from a dispersed manuscript of Firdausi's Shahnama (The...

Persian manuscript on paper, text written in 6 columns of an accomplished naskhi script in black ink, double intercolumnar rules in red, inner margins ruled in blue and red, headings in red and black thuluth script, some retouching to the red background, creased, waterstaining and crude repairs

Los #: 7A

Schätzpreis: 0 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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A large Qur'an fragment (sura II, al-Baqarah, The Cow, running continuously...

Arabic manuscript on cream-coloured paper, 12 leaves, 7 lines to the page written in large muhaqqaq script in black ink with diacritics and vowel points in black, gold rosettes between verses, interlinear Persian translation written diagonally in black ink, circular and pear-shaped illuminated

Los #: 9•

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 5.000 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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An illuminated Qur'an leaf in bihari script Sultanate India, late...

Arabic manuscript on paper, 12 lines to the page written in elegant bihari script in alternating black, blue and gold with diacritics and vowel points in black ink, the word Allah picked out in gold, gold rosettes decorated with red and blue dots, inner margins ruled in colours and gold, circular

Los #: 10*

Schätzpreis: 800 £ - 1.200 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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A Qur'an section (Juz VI: surat al-Nisa, IV, The Women, verses 148-end...

Arabic manuscript on cream-coloured paper, 52 leaves, 5 lines to the page written in large sini script in black ink outlined in gold, diacritics and vowel points in red, black and gold, red markers between verses, margins ruled in red, later catchwords in wide margins, one double page of

Los #: 11•

Schätzpreis: 0 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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Ibn al-Majdi, Al-Durr al-Yatim fi sina'at al-Falak wa Taqwim, also known as...

Arabic manuscript on paper, 34 leaves, one page with 14 lines to the page written in naskhi script in black ink, significant words, sentences, and the bismallah written in red ink, rest of text arranged within tables ruled in red, significant words picked out in green and red throughout

Los #: 12•

Schätzpreis: 0 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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Subhat Sibyan, poetry Ottoman Turkey, 18th Century

Ottoman Turkish manuscript on cream-coloured paper, 28 leaves, two blanks at beginning and end, 13 lines to the page written in one or two columns of elegant divani script in black ink, double intercolumnar rules in gold, inner margins ruled in black and gold, catchwords in wide outer borders

Los #: 13•

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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An illuminated Ijezat (certificate) of the scribe Mir Hasan Zia Effendi...

Arabic text written on two album pages incorporating the bismallah and a saying of the Prophet Muhammad (Hadith), written in elegant naskhi script in black ink, illuminated rosettes between sentences, background richly decorated with intertwining floral motifs in colours and gold, inner and outer

Los #: 14

Schätzpreis: 0 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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A Qur'an Ottoman Empire, 19th Century

Arabic manuscript on paper, 272 leaves, 15 lines to the page written in a cursive script in black ink with diacritics and vowel points in black and red, red roundels between verses, margins ruled in red, catchwords in wide outer borders, sura headings written in naskhi script in red, one double page

Los #: 15•

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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An illuminated firman with an elaborate 17th Century official seal...

Persian manuscript on paper, 10 lines of text written in elegant shikasteh script in black ink, inner margins ruled in blue and gold, the elaborate seal impression incorporated in an illuminated headpiece richly decorated with intertwining floral motifs and serrated leaves in colours and gold in the

Los #: 16

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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Al-Hakim Abdul Qadir bin Abdullah al-Fasir (compiler), Kitab Sir al-Asrar...

Arabic manuscript on paper, 73 leaves, 25 lines to the page written in disciplined maghribi script in brown ink, significant words and title picked out in red ink, catchwords and occasional commentaries in wide outer borders, modern brown leather with stamped central medallions, spine and edges

Los #: 17•

Schätzpreis: 0 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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Fath-allah bin Shukrallah al-Mu'min al-Shirwani, Kashf al-Litham 'an...

Arabic manuscript on paper, 74 leaves, written in a neat personal naskhi script in black ink, numerous diagrams drawn in black, covers of marbled paper, slightly worn, 198 x 150 mm.; and another Arabic manuscript on Andalusian music, al-naghamat al-unsiyyah fi sana'at al-angham ala al-muwashhat

Los #: 18•

Schätzpreis: 0 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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A miniature Qur'an written in gold on blue paper, commissioned for the...

Arabic manuscript on blue paper, 173 leaves, approximately 35 lines to the page written in ghubari script in gold, lacking diacritics, vowel points, verse markers and catchwords, sura headings written in naskhi script in gold, three double pages of illumination in colours and gold, contemporary

Los #: 19•

Schätzpreis: 0 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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A terrace scene with a bearded tutor and three pupils seated on a richly...

ink drawing with use of colour and gold on paper, some slight dampstaining, outer borders richly decorated with intertwining floral motifs and arabesques in silver and gold, an architectural panel containing a couplet of Persian poetry written in nasta'liq script, more couplets written in two open

Los #: 20

Schätzpreis: 0 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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Shah 'Abbas holding court, signed by Mirza Aga Imami Persia, Isfahan...

gouache on ivory, framed, 155 x 70 mm.; a portrait of a seated youth beside a willow tree, holding a pomegranate, a metal wine flask in the foreground, attributed to Mirza Muhammad Mussavar, Persia, Isfahan, second quarter of the 20th Century, ink with some use of gold on cream-coloured paper, outer

Los #: 21Y

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Datum: 02.04.2009

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An audience scene on a tiled terrace, an enthroned ruler (possibly Bahram...

watercolour with use of gold on paper, outer borders decorated with fantastic animals, stags and hounds, amidst arabesques and intertwining floral motifs in colours and gold, in original khatamkari frame 412 x 252 mm

Los #: 22

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Datum: 02.04.2009

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An audience scene within a courtyard, a bearded courtier offering a prince...

watercolour with use of gold on paper, inner margins decorated with arabesques in colours and gold, outer borders decorated with angels, divs and fantastic animals and birds, including an elephant and a simurgh, background decorated with arabesques and intertwining floral and vegetal motifs in

Los #: 23

Schätzpreis: 0 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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Two scenes from the story of Shaykh San'an and the Christian maiden...

ink drawing in black and gold on cream-coloured paper, inner and outer margins decorated with a geometric motif in silver, couplets of Persian poetry written in nasta'liq script in panels above doors, outer borders richly decorated with an intertwining vegetal motif in black and arabesques in gold

Los #: 24

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 6.000 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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Two Arabic calligraphic compositions applied onto natural leaves Turkey...

the text of the first reading hadhihi min fadl rabbi, 'this is [done] by God's grace' in thuluth script; and another leaf, both in clip frames leaf 250 mm.; 190 mm.(2

Los #: 25*

Schätzpreis: 0 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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An Arabic calligraphic composition on a natural leaf Turkey, 20th Century

Arabic composition applied on to a natural leaf in gold, the text incorporating the name and titles of Abdul Qadir Jilani, mounted on a black archival board, framed leaf 140 mm. long

Los #: 26*

Schätzpreis: 0 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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A large calligraphic composition in gold on a natural leaf, signed by Sami...

Arabic composition applied on to a large natural leaf in gold, the text incorporating a proverb written in thuluth script, mounted on a maroon archival board, framed leaf 345 mm. long

Los #: 27

Schätzpreis: 0 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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A calligraphic composition in gold on a natural leaf, signed by Abdul Qadir...

Arabic composition applied on to a natural leaf in gold, the text in the form of a Sufi cap incorporating a verse from the Qur'an repeated in mirror image, mounted on a maroon archival board, framed leaf 190 mm. long

Los #: 28

Schätzpreis: 0 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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An Arabic calligraphic composition in gold on a natural leaf, signed by...

Arabic composition in gold applied onto a natural leaf, text incorporating an invocation to God in thuluth script, mounted on a black archival board, framed leaf 230 mm. long

Los #: 29

Schätzpreis: 0 £

Datum: 02.04.2009

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A calligraphic composition in gold on a natural leaf, signed by Shafi...

Arabic composition applied onto a natural leaf in gold, the text in the form of a perched falcon incorporating verses praising the Imam 'Ali by al-Sherif al-Muraza, mounted on a maroon archival board, framed leaf 195 mm. long

Los #: 30

Schätzpreis: 0 £

Datum: 02.04.2009