• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 158

    QUR'AN

    SIGNED IBRAHIM KNOWN AS SUKUTI, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED AH 1242/1826-27 AD

    Price Realised  

    QUR'AN
    SIGNED IBRAHIM KNOWN AS SUKUTI, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED AH 1242/1826-27 AD
    Arabic manuscript on cream paper, 464ff. plus 3 fly-leaves, each folio with 13ll. of elegant black naskh, catchwords, an array of different gold and polychrome floral motifs marking the end of verses, spaces for sura headings on gold ground surrounded by elaborate polychrome decoration, the margins with gold cartouches containing red calligraphy and a great variety of different polychrome flowers, the opening bifolio with gold and polychrome floral illumination framing the text, small hilyeh towards the end of the manuscript, one repair, in original binding with flap and slip-case all with floral stamped and tooled decoration, the doublures green with gilt borders and medallions
    Text panel 4 1/8 x 2½in. (10.5 x 6.2cm.); folio 6 5/8 x 3 7/8in. (17 x 10cm.)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    This Qur'an was copied by Ibrahim known as Sukuti, a pupil of Seyyid Osman Effendi also known as Damad al-Afif ('the son-in-law of al-Afif') who died on Safar 23 AH 1220/May 23 1805 AD. Osman Effendi came from a family of calligraphers which included the famous Hafiz Osman. He married the daughter of another calligrapher, Ibrahim Afif (d. AH 1181/1767-68 AD). He was said to have been a large man with somewhat erratic behaviour which earned him the name Deli Osman, or Crazy Osman (Letters in Gold, Ottoman Calligraphy from the Sakip Sabanci Collection Istanbul, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, No. 20, p.104). A Qur'an by Osman Effendi is published in Letters in Gold (op.cit. pp.104-05).

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.