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Auction: Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures
was auctioned on: 4 December 2018
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Bifolium with four calligraphic panels, in Arabic, illuminated manuscript on polished paper [probably Safavid Persia, c. 1730 AD]

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Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000
ca. US$2,564 - US$3,846
Price realised:  n. a.
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Bifolium with four calligraphic panels, in Arabic, illuminated manuscript on polished paper [probably Safavid Persia, c. 1730 AD] Single leaf, showing 2 illuminated panels on each side, comprising: (i) two cubes of square kufic (ii) three lines of knotted kufic (iii & iv) each with one line of foliate knotted kufic, all illuminated with polychrome flowers against a gold background, panels ruled in gold and blue, panels (i) & (ii) with spiraling vines heightened in gold decorating borders, total 185 by 160mm. (each panel c.114 by 60mm.); in frame This bifolium contains prayers and verses from the Qur'an in an exceptionally decorative form. The leaf probably contains extracts from a book of Dua, or perhaps a Dala'il al-Khayrat, commissioned for a royal household or patron. Such sophisticated levels of calligraphy are rarely seen in bound volumes as they are considered pieces of art in themselves.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
Title: Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures
Date of the auction: 4 Dec 2018
Address: Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
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St James’s
SW1Y 5LU London
United Kingdom
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