• 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 89

    SHEIKH MUSLIH AL-DIN SA'DI (D. AH 691/1292-93 AD): BUSTAN (ABRIDGED VERSION)

    SIGNED MUHAMMAD QASIM BIN SHADISHAH, SAFAVID IRAN, SECOND QUARTER 16TH CENTURY

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    SHEIKH MUSLIH AL-DIN SA'DI (D. AH 691/1292-93 AD): BUSTAN (ABRIDGED VERSION)
    SIGNED MUHAMMAD QASIM BIN SHADISHAH, SAFAVID IRAN, SECOND QUARTER 16TH CENTURY
    Poetry, Persian manuscript on paper, 27ff. plus 2 fly-leaves, each folio with 11ll. of elegant black nasta'liq in clouds reserved against gold hatched ground with red and blue spots, arranged in two columns with double gold intercolumnar rules, headings in white nasta'liq on gold ground cartouches within gold and polychrome floral panels, text panels laid down between polychrome rules on wide borders with elaborate gold floral illumination, opening folio with gold and polychrome illuminated headpiece and marginal cartouche with the name of Fath 'Ali Shah Qajar, the preceeding folio with similarly illuminated shamsa, colophon signed, later owner's notes and seals, with six inserted miniatures, three at the beginning and three at the end of the manuscript, in brown morocco with gold stamped medallion and spandrels, marbled paper doublures
    Text panel 4¾ x 2½in. (11.9 x 6.2cm.); folio 9 3/8 x 6 1/8in. (23.6 x 15.6cm.)


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    Muhammad Qasim bin Shadishah is known for being a slow scribe and to have copied manuscripts for Sultans and rulers. His recorded works are dated between AH 929/1522-23 and AH 955/1548-49 (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Vol.III, Tehran, 1348 sh., pp. 807-809).

    This manuscript belonged to Sulayman Khan Qajar, a cousin of Aqa Muhammad Khan, the founder of the Qajar dynasty. A short description of the work and the name of Fath 'Ali Shah Qajar was added when the manuscript entered the Qajar Royal Library in AH 1232/1816-17. The manuscript also bears the seal impression of Nasir al-Din Shah.

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    Provenance

    H. Kevorkian Collection, No. 504M, sold
    Sotheby's, 21 April 1980, lot 184