A Private Collection of Islamic Manuscripts, Miniatures and Calligraphies : To be sold predominantly without reserve

Roseberys
70/76 Knights Hill
SE27 0JD London
United Kingdom
[email protected] · +44 (0)20 87612522 · +44 (0)20 87612524

Date of the auction: 23.10.2020

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A folio from a Qur'an, Anatolia or Central Asia, 14th century, Arabic manuscript on paper, Qur’an LXXXI (sura al-takwir), vv.4-8, with 3ll. of bold black Rayhan script to each side, the beginning of each line with gold and polychrome rosette, folio 26 x 17cm. Compare this folio with a well-known

Lot #: 1

Estimate: £700 - £900

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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A section from a Qur'an, Iran, 15th century, 26ff., Arabic manuscript on paper, with 5ll. of black naskh per page, corrections in red, gold roundel verse markers, headers in gold naskh, incomplete, folio 23.5 x 16cm. and the first folio of a qur'an, possibly Central Asia

Lot #: 2

Estimate: £200 - £300

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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Rukn al-Din Awhadi Maraghi (d. 1338 AD): Diwan, Timurid Iran, second half 15th century, 267ff., Persian manuscript on paper, the poetic works of Awhadi starting with qasida 19, with 14ll. of fine black nastaliq script per page arranged in two vertical columns, headings in gold, opening bifolio with

Lot #: 3

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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Al-Asma al-Arba’in (‘Prayers of the Forty Idrisid Names), signed Murshid al-Shirazi, Iran, dated Rajab AH [8?]71/1476 AD?, 32ff., Arabic manuscript, prayers to the Prophet Idris, traditionally attributed to Shihab al-din Suhrawardi (d. 1191 AD), Abu Hafs ‘Umar Suhrawardi (d. 1234) or Ahmad

Lot #: 4

Estimate: £600 - £800

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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A monumental Ilkhanid-style Qur'an, Central Asia, possibly Uzbekistan, 15th century, with added inscription and date of 1147AH/ 1734AD, 324ff., Arabic manuscript on paper,12ll. of black muhaqqaq per page, gold rosette verse markers containing split palmettes and floral decoration in the Ilkhanid

Lot #: 5

Estimate: £8,000 - £10,000

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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Juz 21 of a Chinese qur'an, 16th century, 55ff., with 5ll. of black sini script per page, gold rosette verse markers, gold verse headers in large bold naskh, gold and polychrome marginal decoration, with gold and polychrome decorated opening and closing bifolios, paper and cloth binding, folio 26.3

Lot #: 6

Estimate: £400 - £600

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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A Safavid illustrated folio, Iran, 16th and 18th century, gouache on paper heightened with gold, depicting to central panel a small bird on a cream ground, against a ground of gold on while a fine green vine and polychrome flowers issue forth, a panel above and below with central inscription

Lot #: 7

Estimate: £500 - £800

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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A Safavid miniature of a prince offered a cup, Iran, 16th century, with later repainting, opaque pigments and gold on paper, the youthful prince shown seated with legs crossed against a blue and white possibly textile ground in a tiled interior, an inscription above, attendants to his left and

Lot #: 8

Estimate: £300 - £500

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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Imam Jamal al-Din ‘abd al-Rahim bin al-Hasan al-Asnawi (d. 1370 AD): Kitab al-tamhid fi tanzil al-usul ‘ala al-quru’, Eastern Mediterranean, 15th or 16th century, Vol. 4, 27ff., Arabic manuscript on paper, with 28ll. of black cursive naskh per page, important words and phrases in red, one page

Lot #: 9

Estimate: £500 - £800

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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Mamluk Juz of tafsir de Shih?b al-Din b. ‘Abd Allah al- ?anaf?, copied by Hajji Yusuf b. Habib b. Khalil, dated 844AH/1440AD in Jerusalem, Arabic manuscript on paper, 12ff, with 28ll. of black script to the page, titles and catchwords in red, colophon signed, dated, in brown morocco binding with

Lot #: 10

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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Abu al-‘Abbas Ahmad al-Buni (d. 1225 AD or 1232-33 AD): A treatise on the magical properties of names and letters, probably Egypt, 15th-16th century, 28ff., Arabic manuscript on paper, including prayers for each hour of the days of the week, with numerous magic squares and tables, the opening folio

Lot #: 11

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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Three Mamluk bone-inlaid carved wood panels, Egypt, circa 14th century, each of polygonal form, inlaid with bone borders (some missing), the interior wood panels with remains of carved interlace motifs, 19 cm. long max(3

Lot #: 12

Estimate: £300 - £400

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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Nur al-Din ‘Abd al-Rahman Jami (d. 1492 AD): Layla wa Majnun, signed Sultan Muhammad Khandan, Safavid Iran or Afghanistan, dated beginning of Rabi’ I AH 921/April 1505AD, Persian manuscript on paper, with 15ll. of fine black nastaliq script arranged in two vertical columns per page, a central band

Lot #: 13

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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A Safavid copy of Diwan of ‘Ali Shir Nava’i (d. 1501 AD), Iran, dated 927AH/1520AD, 105ff., Persian manuscript on paper,approx. 16ll. of black nasta'liq arranged in two vertical columns and three horizontal panels, headers in blue and gold, opening folio with gold and polychrome decoration, final

Lot #: 14

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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A Safavid Qu'ran, Iran, early 16th century, Arabic manuscript on paper, 342 ff., with 12ll. Of black naskh to the page, two double illuminated frontispieces, opening with an illuminated double frontispiece of benedictions, followed by the sura Al-Fatiha, surah titles in bleu rayani script on gilded

Lot #: 15

Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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Nur al-Din ‘Abd al-Rahman Jami (d. 1492 AD): Tuhfat al-Ahrar, signed Muhammad Amin ‘Abdullah al-Sa’idi, Herat, dated AH 974/1566-67 AD, Persian manuscript on paper, with 12ll. of neat black nastaliq arranged in two vertical columns, opening folio with gilt and polychrome decorated header, colophon

Lot #: 16

Estimate: £400 - £600

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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A poetry compilation with excerpts from Sa’di’s Gulistan followed by a work by ‘Abdullah Ansari, Iran or Turkey, 17th century, 50ff., Persian manuscript on gold flecked paper, with 8ll. of fine black nasta'liq script per pages some words in pale green, opening folio with gold and polychrome

Lot #: 17

Estimate: £600 - £800

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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A very fine Mughal manuscript folio illuminated with birds, India, circa 1600, Persian manuscript on paper, with 10ll. of black nasta'liq text arranged in two columns and divided in three panels arranged in 3, 5 and 2 lines, two delicately painted blue birds below the first panel and two birds below

Lot #: 18

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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Divân by Khâju Bidel-e Dehlavi (d.1720), India dated 1104AH/1693AD, with later illustrations, copied by Muhammad Sharif ebn-é Mullâ Kanjabeh Bây beghnâii. Persian Manuscript on paper, 178ff., with 12ll. of black nasta'liq written in two columns, a band of flowers separate the column and cartouches

Lot #: 19

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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A Mughal engraved brass ewer, North India, 18th century, of typical form with curved handle and slightly curved spout, engraved with an dense design of flowers and vines, lacking lid, 29.3cm. high

Lot #: 20

Estimate: £200 - £400

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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A section from a Mamluk Qur'an, Egypt or Syria, late 15th-early 16th century, 12ff., Arabic manuscript on paper, with 7ll. of black naskh script per page, gold and cobalt blue verse markers, gold annotations to some margins, unbound, folio 27.2 x 18cm

Lot #: 21

Estimate: £300 - £500

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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A small Safavid miniature of dogs hunting rabbits, Iran, 17th century, gouache on paper heightened with gold, the page divided in two scenes, the left depicting a hunter aiming at a rabbit and the right depicting dogs searching in rabbit burrows, mounted in box frame, 7 x 11.7cm

Lot #: 22

Estimate: £200 - £300

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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A Safavid Qur'an, Iran, copied on 11 Rabi’ II AH 1061/3 April 1651 AD, 387ff., Arabic manuscript on paper, 11ll. of neat black naskh within orange, blue and gold rule, corrections in red, gold roundel verse markers, opening and closing bifolios profusely decorated with gold and floral polychrome

Lot #: 23

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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A Safavid treatise on agriculture: Kitab al-Falaha, Iran, dated 15 Rajab AH 1108/7 February 1697 AD, 64ff., Persian manuscript on paper, with 12ll. of neat black naskh per page, important words and phrases in red, owner's seal to final folio, loose from binding, red leather covered binding with flap

Lot #: 24

Estimate: £500 - £800

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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A small Safavid qur'an, Iran, 18th century, 333ff., Arabic manuscript on paper, with 15ll. of neat black naskh per page within gold outer border, gold roundel verse markers, heading in gold, the first three folios a 19th century Ottoman replacement, the Qur’anic text followed by prayers, final

Lot #: 25

Estimate: £400 - £600

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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A small Qajar Qur'an, Iran, 18th century, 235ff., Arabic manuscript on paper, with 17ll. of neat black naskh within gold per page, headers in black and red naskh, opening bifolio with gold and polychrome decoration, final folio with owner's seal impression and added date of AH 1333/1914-15AD, in

Lot #: 26

Estimate: £600 - £800

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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A Khorasan openwork oil lamp, Iran, 12th century, on trumpet foot, the round body with openwork lattice shoulder, engraved roundels to sides, the fan-shaped thumbrest with roundels, missing lid, 12.8cm. high

Lot #: 27

Estimate: £200 - £300

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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An illuminated Ottoman prayerbook ('Anam Sharif), Turkey, signed Suleyman Serpusizade, dated 1166AH/1753AD, 66ff., Arabic manuscript on paper, with 11ll. of fine black naskh per page, surah titles in red, with floral gold and polychrome header to opening folio, in original brown morocco binding with

Lot #: 28

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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A small Ottoman qur'an, Turkey, 18th century, 336ff., Arabic manuscript on paper, with 13ll. of black naskh per page within gold outer border, headers in red, with corrections in red, opening bifolio with gold and polychrome decoration, with old collection stamp to opening doublure, brown leather

Lot #: 29

Estimate: £600 - £800

Date: 23 Oct 2020

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Abu ‘Abdullah Muhammad bin Sa’id al-Shanhaji al-Busiri (d. 1294 AD): Qasida al-Burda, signed Ibrahim, Ottoman Turkey, circa 18th century, 18ff., Arabic manuscript on watermarked paper, with two horizontal panels of 3ll. of small fine naskh framed by three large headers in fine thuluth per page, each

Lot #: 30

Estimate: £500 - £700

Date: 23 Oct 2020