Old Master Paintings

Bonhams London
London, Knightsbridge

Date of the auction: 23.10.2019

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A bound group of ten leaves from six separate suras of a dispersed...

A bound group of ten leaves from six separate suras of a dispersed manuscript of the Qur'an, written in kufic script on vellum Near East or North Africa, 9th Century Arabic manuscript on vellum, ten leaves, 14 lines to the page written in elongated kufic script in brown ink with vowel marks in red

Lot #: 1•

Estimate: £80,000 - £120,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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A Qur'an leaf written in kufic script on vellum

A Qur'an leaf written in kufic script on vellum Near East or North Africa, 9th Century 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

Lot #: 2

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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

A large illuminated Qur'an in a floral lacquer binding, the text ending with sura LXXXV, al-Buruj, The Constellations Provincial Persia, early 16th Century 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

Lot #: 3• R

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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Nizami, Khusrau va Shirin, Persian poetry, copied by 'Ala'al-Din Muhammad...

Nizami, Khusrau va Shirin, Persian poetry, copied by 'Ala'al-Din Muhammad Sarraf [money changer] Isfahani Timurid Persia, dated Tuesday 12th Dhi'l-hajjah 850/28th February 1447 Persian manuscript on paper, 80 leaves, 21 lines to the page written in four columns of small nasta'liq script in black

Lot #: 4• R

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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Zahir Faryabi, Divan, Persian poetry, copied by the scribe 'Abd al-Jabbar...

Zahir Faryabi, Divan, Persian poetry, copied by the scribe 'Abd al-Jabbar Isfahani, a pupil of Mir 'Imad Persia, dated Ramadan 1026/September-October 1617 Persian manuscript in prose and verse on gilt-sprinkled paper, 172 leaves, 14 lines to the page written in two columns of elegant nasta'liq

Lot #: 5• R

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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'Abd al-Rahman Jami, Persian poetry, with a section from the Haft Awrang...

'Abd al-Rahman Jami, Persian poetry, with a section from the Haft Awrang added by a different scribe Safavid Persia, dated AH 960/AD 1552-53 and 26th Safar 965/18th December 1557 Persian manuscript on paper, 112 leaves, approximately 12 lines to the page written in elegant nasta'liq script in black

Lot #: 6• R

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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A maiden wearing a luxurious fur mantle, attributed to Muhammad Qasim

A maiden wearing a luxurious fur mantle, attributed to Muhammad Qasim Persia, Isfahan, dated AH 1004/AD 1596-1597 gouache and gold on paper, inscribed and dated lower centre, laid down between gold speckled pink borders on wide margins with gold floral lattice design painting 160 x 86 mm.; page 337

Lot #: 7R

Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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A scholar with his pupils in a rocky landscape

A scholar with his pupils in a rocky landscape Persia, probably Khorasan, circa 1600 gouache and gold on paper, inner margins ruled in gold, blue, green and red, turquoise outer borders with gold floral illumination 165 x 94 mm

Lot #: 8R

Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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An illuminated Qur'an in a floral lacquer binding

An illuminated Qur'an in a floral lacquer binding Persia, early 18th Century Arabic manuscript on paper, 176 leaves, 23 lines to the page written in small naskhi script in black ink with diacritics in red and black, gilt dots between verses, inner margins ruled in blue and gold, sura headings

Lot #: 9• R

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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An illuminated Qur'an copied by the scribe Ibrahim al-Rushdi, a pupil of...

An illuminated Qur'an copied by the scribe Ibrahim al-Rushdi, a pupil of Mustafa Shaker Ottoman Turkey, probably Constantinople, dated AH 1236/AD 1820-21 Arabic manuscript on paper, 305 leaves, 15 lines to the page written in naskhi script in black ink with diacritics and vowel points in red and

Lot #: 10•

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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An illuminated Qur'an, copied by Husain al-Hamdi

An illuminated Qur'an, copied by Husain al-Hamdi Ottoman Turkey, dated AH 1273/AD 1856-57 Arabic manuscript on paper, 302 leaves, 15 lines to the page written in naskhi script in black ink with diacritics in red and black, gilt roundels between verses, inner margins ruled in red, black and gold

Lot #: 11•

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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An illuminated prayer scroll written in thuluth and ghubari scripts

An illuminated prayer scroll written in thuluth and ghubari scripts Qajar Persia, dated AH 1267/AD 1850-51 Arabic manuscript on paper, one illuminated headpiece (damaged with some fragmentary remnants) in blue, red, green and gold, inner panels written in ghubari script in black, red and green

Lot #: 12R

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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An illuminated scroll comprising the last 36 suras of the Qur'an (Juz XXX...

An illuminated scroll comprising the last 36 suras of the Qur'an (Juz XXX), in the manner of Ahmad al-Suhrawardi, with date AH 681/AD 1282-83 Near East, 20th Century Arabic manuscript on paper, in scroll form, text written in muhaqqaq script in black ink with diacritics and vowel points in black

Lot #: 13

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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Mirza Rafi', known as Badhil Mashhadi (d. 1711), and Azad Kashmiri (d...

Mirza Rafi', known as Badhil Mashhadi (d. 1711), and Azad Kashmiri (d. 1721), Hamlah-i Haydari, a verse account of the life of the Imam 'Ali, with nine illustrations North India, probably Kashmir, late 18th/19th Century Persian manuscript on paper, 435 leaves, 19 lines to the page written in four

Lot #: 14•

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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A Nishapur buffware pottery bowl

A Nishapur buffware pottery bowl Persia, 10th Century of shallow rounded form on a short foot with everted rim, decorated underglaze in yellow, green and manganese on a cream ground with five birds interspersed by abstract vegetal motifs, the exterior with a large zig-zag motif filled with lattice

Lot #: 15R

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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Two Kashan moulded calligraphic pottery border tiles

Two Kashan moulded calligraphic pottery border tiles Persia, circa 1200 of moulded concave form with flattened upper borders, each decorated in relief with inscriptions in naskhi surmounted by bands of undulating vines the larger 27.5 x 10.5 cm.(2) Fußnoten Provenance Private Italian collection

Lot #: 16R

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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An Ilkhanid Lajvardina moulded calligraphic pottery tile

An Ilkhanid Lajvardina moulded calligraphic pottery tile Persia, 13th/ 14th Century of rectangular form, decorated in red, black and gold leaf on a turquoise ground, with moulded inscription on a ground of scrolling vegetal interlace, the top edge with a band containing a line of cable motif, old

Lot #: 17* R

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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A Kashan underglaze-painted pottery bowl

A Kashan underglaze-painted pottery bowl Persia, 12th/ 13th Century of conical form on a long foot, decorated underglaze in cobalt-blue and black on a white ground with four radiating inscription-filled bands interspersed by panels containing palmettes, the rim with a further band of inscription

Lot #: 18R

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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A Kashan underglaze-painted pottery bowl

A Kashan underglaze-painted pottery bowl Persia, early 13th Century of conical form on a short foot, decorated in black under a turquoise and cobalt-blue glaze with a series of concentric zig-zag motifs, the exterior with a scrolling vine, the well with overpainted face motif 29.2 cm. diam. Fußnoten

Lot #: 19R

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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A rare Garrus incised pottery bowl possibly signed 'suleyman'

A rare Garrus incised pottery bowl possibly signed 'suleyman' Persia, late 12th Century of deep slightly rounded form on a short foot, the white slip ground incised with two addorsed sphinxes with entwined tails, roundels containing flowerheads to their flanks, possible inscriptions to the wings

Lot #: 20R

Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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A Kashan lustre pottery bowl

A Kashan lustre pottery bowl Persia, 12th/ 13th Century of deep rounded form with inverted rim on a short splayed foot, decorated in a brownish gold lustre with a central roundel containing a seated figure, surrounded by a series of panels containing sphynxes within lobed cartouches, the rim with

Lot #: 21R

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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A Kashan lustre pottery jug

A Kashan lustre pottery jug Persia, 12th/ 13th Century of bulbous form with wide cylindrical neck, on a splayed foot with simple handle, decorated in a brownish gold lustre with a series of cartouches containing mounted figures to the shoulder, the lower body with a series of cartouches containing

Lot #: 22R

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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A Timurid moulded cuerda seca pottery tile

A Timurid moulded cuerda seca pottery tile Persia, circa 1450 of convex form with two rows of moulded palmettes surmounted by a cylindrical section, decorated in cobalt-blue, turquoise, red, green and manganese on a white ground with four palmette cartouches containing flowerheads, above a band of

Lot #: 23R

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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A Timurid cuerda seca pottery tile

A Timurid cuerda seca pottery tile Persia, 15th Century of square form, decorated in cobalt-blue, turquoise, yellow and manganese on a white ground with geometric interlace filled with flowerheads, palmettes and other stylised vegetal motifs 16.5 x 16.2 cm

Lot #: 24R

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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A pair of Timurid moulded pottery squinch tiles (muqarnas)

A pair of Timurid moulded pottery squinch tiles (muqarnas) Persia, second half of the 14th Century each of rectangular and concave form with pointed arched top, decorated in turquoise and white glaze, deeply carved with a lattice design of vegetal interlace 30 cm. high(2) Fußnoten The tiles in the

Lot #: 25R

Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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A Timurid moulded pottery squinch tile (muqarna)

A Timurid moulded pottery squinch tile (muqarna) Persia, second half of the 14th Century of rectangular and concave form with pointed arched top, decorated in turquoise, cobalt-blue and white glaze, deeply carved with scrolling vegetal interlace linked by central palmettes and split palmettes 29.7

Lot #: 26R

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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A Mamluk underglaze-painted pottery bowl

A Mamluk underglaze-painted pottery bowl Syria, 14th Century of deep rounded form on a splayed foot with everted rim, decorated in cobalt-blue and black on a white ground under a clear glaze with a six-pointed star to the well filled and surrounded by abstract motifs, the walls with a series of

Lot #: 27

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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A silver-inlaid brass bowl

A silver-inlaid brass bowl Persia or Mesopotamia, 14th Century with rounded base, tapering sides and inverted rim, engraved and inlaid in silver and black composition with a band of inscription in thuluth on a ground of foliate interlace interspersed by six petaled rosettes with roundels containing

Lot #: 28R

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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A Fars brass bowl

A Fars brass bowl Persia, 14th Century with rounded base, inverted sides and flattened rim, engraved with a series of roundels containing mounted warriors within quatrefoils interspersed by bands of inscriptions in thuluth all on a ground of scrolling tendrils, the base with radiating bands of

Lot #: 29R

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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A pair of Ottoman gold-damascened steel Calligrapher's scissors and two...

A pair of Ottoman gold-damascened steel Calligrapher's scissors and two other tools Turkey, 18th/ 19th Century the scissors of typical form, terminating in openwork foliate handles, decorated near the hinge in gold overlay with floral interlace; together with a pair of calipers and scraper both

Lot #: 30

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

Date: 23 Oct 2019