• 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 194

    THREE CALLIGRAPHIC EXERCISES

    TWO SIGNED 'IMAD AL-HASSANI, SAFAVID IRAN, LATE 16TH/EARLY 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    THREE CALLIGRAPHIC EXERCISES
    TWO SIGNED 'IMAD AL-HASSANI, SAFAVID IRAN, LATE 16TH/EARLY 17TH CENTURY
    Comprising a bifolium with two panels and a single framed panel, each with black nasta'liq script, the right leaf of the bifolium with a calligraphic quatrain in cloudband over gold ground, with triangular illuminated cartouches above and below, one signed, the left leaf with a square calligraphic composition, each panel laid down between green and pink borders with gold vine on blue card margins, the third panel a calligraphic quatrain with four triangular illuminated cartouches, signed and dated AH 1011/1602 AD, laid down between gold and polychrome margins on gold speckled navy blue card, framed and glazed
    Largest panel 7 7/8 x 4 3/8in. (20.2 x 10.8cm.)


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    Mir 'Imad was born around the year AH 961/1553-4 AD in Qazwin, the capital of Safavid Iran. He moved to Tabriz where he was apprenticed to the master Muhammad Husayn Tabrizi, moving back to the capital on completion of his studies in AH 981/1573-4 AD. He became an itinerant craftsman, as was the custom among his profession, accepting commissions as he moved from one town to the next. Later in life he set out for the hajj and remained in the region for several years, working in Aleppo before returning to Iran in AH 1005/1596-7 AD. His great rival as court calligrapher, 'Ali Reza-i Abassi, gradually replaced him in the Shah's favour and, in the increasingly extreme Shi'ite environment of the court of Shah 'Abbas, he was accused of Sufism and Sunnism. He was murdered in AH 1024/1615 AD by an agent of the Shah.

    For another calligraphy by 'Imad al-Hassani, please see lot 195.

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