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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 374

    ALBUM OF CALLIGRAPHY (MURAQQA)

    SIGNED HASSAN REZA EFFENDI, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED AH 1303/1885 AD

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    ALBUM OF CALLIGRAPHY (MURAQQA)
    SIGNED HASSAN REZA EFFENDI, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED AH 1303/1885 AD
    Hadith and Prayers, illuminated Arabic manuscript on paper, 5ff. each with one large line of thuluth followed by 4 or 5ll. of smaller black naskh, with gold rosette verse markers and occasional floral sprays around the text, final folio with signature of Hassan Reza and date of 1303, in original brown morocco with gilt central medallion, spandrels and borders
    Folio 9 3/8 x 12¼in. (23.6 x 31.1cm.); text panel 4 5/8 x 7 5/8in. (11.9 x 19.3cm.)


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    It is noted on the final folio that this album was copied by the calligrapher, Hasan Reza Effendi, from an original by Kadi-asker Mustafa Izzet Effendi (d. 1876 AD), who in turn imitated an earlier copy by Hafiz Osman (d. 1698 AD), the calligraphy teacher of Sultan Mustafa II and Sultan Ahmed III.

    Hassan Reza Effendi (1849-1920 AD) was born in Istanbul and studied calligraphy under the supervision of Yahya Hilmi Effendi (d. 1907 AD). He also studied with the famous Mehmed Shafik Bey (d. 1879 AD) and Kadi-asker Mustafa Izzet Effendi. There are 19 known Qur'an manuscripts and calligraphic panels by him in various collections including the Sabanci Museum in Istanbul (Sevket Rado, Turk Hattatlari (Turkish Calligraphers), Istanbul 1980, p. 250).

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