Islamic and Indian Art

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Date of the auction: 31.03.2020

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A Qur'an leaf written in kufic script on vellum

Arabic manuscript on vellum, 7 lines to the page written in bold kufic script in brown ink with vowel points in red, one verse-marking consisting of three small gold dots in a triangular formation, losses to edges 195 x 292 mm

Lot #: 1

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020

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A large Qur'an leaf

Arabic manuscript on paper, 13 lines to the page written in thuluth, naskhi and muhaqqaq, the first and last lines on each page written in large muhaqqaq, these lines recto rewritten on pieces of paper stuck over the original text, the seventh line on each page written in large thuluth in gold

Lot #: 2

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 31 Mar 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

Lot #: 3R

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020

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A large illuminated Qur'an in a floral lacquer binding, the text ending...

Arabic manuscript on paper, 429 leaves, 10 lines to the page written in naskhi script in black ink with diacritics and vowel points in black and red, illuminated roundels between verses, inner margins ruled in blue and gold, remargined, later catchwords, sura headings written in elegant thuluth

Lot #: 4• R

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020

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Three illustrated leaves from a manuscript of al-Qazwini's Aja'ib...

Persian manuscript on paper, three leaves framed separately, 14 lines to the page written in nasta'liq script in black ink with headings in red ink, each leaf with illustrations in gouache and gold recto and verso, inner margins ruled in blue, orange and gold leaves approximately 200 x 125 mm.; text

Lot #: 5R

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 31 Mar 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

Lot #: 6R

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020

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An illuminated miniature octagonal Qur'an with the later embossed name of...

Arabic manuscript on paper, 279 leaves, 15 lines to the page written in minute naskhi script in black ink with diacritics and vowel points in black, catchwords, one illuminated double-page frontispiece in colours and gold, a second double-page halfway through the manuscript, sura headings in gold

Lot #: 7•

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020

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Sa'di, Gulistan

Persian manuscript on paper, 123 leaves, 11 lines to the page written in nasta'liq script in black ink, significant words picked out in red, inner margins ruled in blue and gold, one illuminated headpiece in colours and gold, later red morocco with gilt-stamped central medallions and outer border

Lot #: 8•

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020

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Al-Sahifa al-Kamila, a collection of prayers including seven prayers to be...

Arabic and Persian manuscript on paper, 241 leaves, approximately 9 lines to the page written in clear naskhi script in black ink with interlinear Persian translation written in smaller nasta'liq script in red ink, double interlinear rules in gold, inner margins ruled in blue and gold, catchwords

Lot #: 9• R

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 31 Mar 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

Lot #: 10•

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020

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Two illustrated leaves from a manuscript of Jami's Haft Awrang, depicting...

Persian manuscript on paper, text in nasta'liq script in black ink written in two columns, intercolumnar rules in gold, inner margins ruled in gold, black and blue, illustrations in gouache and gold 180 x 110 mm.(2

Lot #: 11

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020

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A large illuminated Qur'an

Arabic manuscript on paper, 425 leaves, 10 lines to the page written in large and clear naskhi script in black ink with diacritics and vowel points in red and black ink, red dots between verses, inner margins ruled in blue, red and gold, catchword, sura headings in red, illuminated double-page

Lot #: 12•

Estimate: £20,000 - £30,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020

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Two leaves from a dispersed manuscript of al-Qazwini's Aja'ib al-makhluqat...

Arabic manuscript on paper, 18 lines to the page written in naskhi script in black ink, headings written in larger naskhi script, other headings in red ink, inner margins ruled in red, in mounts obscuring outer margins, framed 190 x 125 mm.(2

Lot #: 13

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 31 Mar 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

Lot #: 14

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020

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Muhya al-Din Lari (d. 1526), Kitab Futuh al-Haramayn, a guide in Persian...

Persian manuscript on paper, 40 leaves, 15 lines to the page written in two columns of nasta'liq script in black ink, double intercolumnar rules in gold, titles written in nasta'liq script in red, inner margins ruled in blue and gold, 15 illustrations in colours and gold, most with later additions

Lot #: 15•

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020

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Al-Jazuli, Dala'il al-Khayrat wa shawariq al-anwar, including other...

Arabic manuscript on paper, 149 leaves, 9 lines to the page written in naskhi script in black ink within stylised cloudbands on a gold ground, double inner margins ruled in blue and gold sandwiching floral motifs in gold, significant words picked out in red with further marginal commentaries in red

Lot #: 16•

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020

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An illuminated Genealogical Scroll tracing various Muslim dynasties to the...

Arabic manuscript on cream-coloured paper backed with linen, in scroll form, the text written in naskhi, thuluth and nasta'liq scripts in black ink, proper names contained within gold circular devices, borders decorated with floral motifs in colours and gold, the bismallah written in bold thuluth

Lot #: 17

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020

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An illuminated Qur'an copied by Isma'il bin 'Umar Qalbawi

Arabic manuscript on paper, 307 leaves, 15 lines to the page written in neat naskhi script in black ink with diacritics and vowel points in red and black ink, gold roundels between verses, inner margins ruled in two shades of gold and red, catchwords, sura headings written in thuluth in white within

Lot #: 18•

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

Date: 31 Mar 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

Lot #: 19•

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020

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An illuminated Qur'an, copied by Ibrahim Adham Khulusi bin Ahmad Rashid, a...

Arabic manuscript on paper, 297 leaves, 15 lines to the page written in clear naskhi script in black ink in more than one hand, diacritics and vowel points in red and black ink, gold roundels between verses, inner margins ruled in gold, catchwords, illuminated rectangular panels within gold

Lot #: 20•

Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000

Date: 31 Mar 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

Lot #: 21•

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020

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An illuminated Qur'an, copied by Ibrahim al-Zakai, a pupil of 'Ali al-Zuhdi

Arabic manuscript on paper, 296 leaves, 15 lines to the page written in naskhi script in black ink with diacritics and vowel points in red and black, gold dots between verses, inner margins ruled in gold, catchwords, sura headings written in thuluth script in white, occasional devices in outer

Lot #: 22•

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020

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An anthology of religious and literary texts

Arabic and Ottoman Turkish manuscript on European watermarked paper, 91 leaves, various texts (maktubat) written horizontally and diagonally in large and small scripts including naskhi, thuluth, nasta'liq and divani in black, red and some gold, some folios detached or loose, discoloration, edges

Lot #: 23•

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020

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Al-Jazuli, Dala'il al-Khayrat wa shawariq al-anwar, copied by Ibrahim...

Arabic manuscript on paper, 81 leaves, 11 lines to the page written in naskhi script in black ink, significant words in red ink, gold roundels marking verse-endings, inner margins ruled in gold, black and red, occasional illuminated marginal devices, one illuminated headpiece in colours and gold

Lot #: 24•

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020

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A small illuminated Qur'an, commissioned for Hasan 'Ali Beg and copied by...

Arabic manuscript on paper, 234 leaves, 17 lines to the page written in naskhi script in black ink with diacritics and vowel points in black and red, gold dots between verses, inner margins ruled in red and gold, catchwords, sura headings written in thuluth script in red ink, one double page of

Lot #: 38• R

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020

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Safar-nameh-ye Makka (Travel Account of Mecca), a Persian translation of...

Persian manuscript on green paper, 212 leaves, 14 lines to the page written in neat, large nasta'liq script in black ink, headings and significant words in red ink, inner margins ruled in blue and gold, one illuminated headpiece in colours and gold, page numbers, contemporary fawn leather 360 x 220

Lot #: 39• R

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020

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A talismanic chart written in ghubari script on vellum, commissioned by...

Arabic manuscript on thin vellum, text written in ghubari and small naskhi script in varying sizes and in black ink and colours, a central panel of text surmounted by a roundel, numerous side panels and cartouches, several panels with gold and silver grounds 60 x 36 cm

Lot #: 40R

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 31 Mar 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

Lot #: 41R

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020

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A youth and a maiden in an erotic embrace

gouache and gold on paper, laid down on an album page with coloured borders painting 151 x 97 mm.; album page 298 x 203 mm

Lot #: 42R

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 31 Mar 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

Lot #: 43R

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

Date: 31 Mar 2020