• 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 263

    IJAZA-NAMA

    GIVEN BY MEHMED RASIM EFENDI TO HIS PUPIL FEYZULLAH EFENDI, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED AH 1157/1744-45 AD

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    IJAZA-NAMA
    GIVEN BY MEHMED RASIM EFENDI TO HIS PUPIL FEYZULLAH EFENDI, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED AH 1157/1744-45 AD
    Calligrapher's diploma, comprising sura al-fath, Arabic manuscript on paper, 5ff. plus 3 fly-leaves, each folio with 10ll. of black naskh, gold verse roundels, text panels outlined in gold, catchwords, opening folio with gold and polychrome floral illumination, colophon with name of the master, scribe and the date, areas of slight staining, in original brown morocco with gold speckled doublures
    Text panel 4¼ x 2 3/8in. (10.8 x 6.1cm.); folio 6¾ x 4 3/8in. (17.3 x 11.1cm.)


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    Born in 1687, Mehmed Rasim Efendi (d. 1755) studied calligraphy under the supervision of the famous court calligrapher Sayyid 'Abdullah Efendi of Yedikule. He got his diploma in six different styles of calligraphy and gained fame particularly for his masterly works in thulth and naskh. He was supported by Sultan Ahmed III (r.1703-1730) who also practiced calligraphy and was later appointed court calligrapher in 1737 (Sevket Rado, Turk Hattatlari, Istanbul, 1980). During the course of his life he is said to have trained approximately a thousand calligraphers, of whom Feyzullah Efendi was one (M. Ugur Derman, Letters in Gold, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1998, p. 82).

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