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    Sale 7715

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    31 March 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 43

    A NASTA'LIQ QUATRAIN

    SIGNED 'ALIREZA-YE 'ABBASI, SAFAVID IRAN, LATE 16TH/EARLY 17TH CENTURY

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    A NASTA'LIQ QUATRAIN
    SIGNED 'ALIREZA-YE 'ABBASI, SAFAVID IRAN, LATE 16TH/EARLY 17TH CENTURY
    Persian manuscript on buff paper, 4ll. of flowing black nasta'liq on a ground of gold floral illumination, in a corner above and below a triangular panel with text in clouds reserved against gold ground, that below containing the signature of 'Alireza-ye 'Abbasi, laid down between gold and polychrome rules on wide border of blue scrolling arabesques on a ground of gold spiralling vine with fleshy red leaves, between gold rules and mounted on cream card
    Calligraphy 6 1/8 x 3in. (15.4 x 7.7cm.)


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    There are various accounts referring to an 'Alireza-ye 'Abbasi. Both Bayani and Karimzadeh believe that there were two artists with such a name - one a calligrapher, the other a painter. A manuscript which sold in these Rooms, 7 October 2008, lot 349, demonstrated through the colophon (which stated that 'Alireza-ye 'Abbasi was responsible for copying, illustrating and illuminating the manuscript) that there was an 'Alireza-ye 'Abbasi who was a calligrapher and illuminater as well as a painter. (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Vol. II, Tehran 1346 sh, pp. 456-61 and Vol. VI, p. 109 and M. Karimzadeh Tabrizi, The Lives and Works of Old Painters of Iran, Vol. I, 1985, pp. 385-6).

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