• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7751

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    6 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 101

    FIVE OTTOMAN CALLIGRAPHIC EXERCISES (MASHQ)

    OTTOMAN TURKEY, 15TH CENTURY AND LATER

    Price Realised  

    FIVE OTTOMAN CALLIGRAPHIC EXERCISES (MASHQ)
    OTTOMAN TURKEY, 15TH CENTURY AND LATER
    Exercises, each with dense thuluth script with occasional gold and polychrome roundels and floral sprays, all laid down between gold and/or polychrome rules on marbled, coloured or gold and silver sprinkled paper, one with attribution to Sheikh Hamdullah written by Mohsin Zadeh 'Abdullah, another with a later attribution on the reverse to Sheikh Hamdullah and a small added date of 1081 in the margins
    Largest folio 7 5/8 x 10 5/8in. (19.2 x 27cm.) (5)


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    Mohsin Zadeh 'Abdullah, by whom one of these mashqs is attributed to Sheikh Hamdullah was the grandson of Damad Mahmud Pasha, born in Istanbul in 1832. He was among the most sucessful students of Kadiasker Mustafa Izzet Efendi and is celebrated, along with Shefik Efendi, as having been one of his leading successors. He became one of the scribes to the office of the Grand-Vizier. He was honoured with the title Reisü'l Hattatin (Head of Calligraphers) and died in 1894 (Sevket Rado, Türk Hattatlari, Istanbul, 1980, p. 231).

    For a note on Sheikh Hamdullah see lot 99.

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