• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 267

    A CALLIGRAPHIC COMPOSITION (LEVHA)

    AFTER MUHAMMAD SHAWQI (MEHMED SEVKI EFENDI), OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED AH 1292/1875 AD

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    A CALLIGRAPHIC COMPOSITION (LEVHA)
    AFTER MUHAMMAD SHAWQI (MEHMED SEVKI EFENDI), OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED AH 1292/1875 AD
    Black ink on paper, the inscription in bold jali thuluth between floral sprays, signed and dated along the bottom edge, laid down between gold borders and gilt black card margins, glazed and framed in gilt wood frame, slight crackelure
    Panel 13 3/8 x 12 3/8in. (34 x 32cm.)


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    The inscription reads ya hazra sultan 'Abd al-Qadir Jilani. 'Abd al-Qadir Jilani (1077-1166 AD) is the founder of the Qadiriya Sufi order and it is in fact tughras with his name that decorate the cornices of the Ottoman room included in this sale (lot 265).

    Mehmed Sevki Efendi (AH 1245-1304/1829-1887 AD) studied thuluth, naskh and riqa' under his uncle Mehmed Hulûsi Efendi (d. 1874 AD), but developed his owns style which would later be known as the 'Sevki school' (M. Ugur Derman, Eternal Letters, exhibition catalogue, Sharjah, 2009, pp.192-193). A very similar work to the present is in the Khalili Collection (Stephen Vernoit, Occidentalism, London, 1997, no. 47, pp. 91-92). It is there suggested that the shape of this calligraphic composition is designed to recall the Qadiriya head-dress.

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