8 April 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 7,500
Estimate GBP 6,000 - GBP 8,000
A PRINCE AND A NOBLEMAN VISITING AN ASCETIC AT NIGHT
MUGHAL, CIRCA 1700
Gouache heightened with gold on paper, a prince wearing a gold brocade coat over an orange jama and his companion in white sit before a sage draped in a grey cloak over a beige tunic with his disciple in green to his side, on a wooden terrace outside a straw-thatched hut, on the horizon beyond a river, the palace gates, laid down between gold margins on buff card with black and white rules, mounted, framed and glazed
8 7/8 x 6in. (22.2 x 15.2cm.)
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This miniature is one of a group whose date is difficult to determine. Although some of the main features appear characteristic of the eighteenth century - such as the moon and the figures as each at each side of the foreground - it is more probably a picture of the Aurangzeb period.
A similar miniature, formerly in the Ardashir Collection, was sold at Sotheby's, 13 October 2004, lot 21.
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George P. Bickford, sold Christie's, London, 5 May 1977, lot 83