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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 351

    AN EROTIC MINIATURE

    SIGNED BY 'ABDULLAH BUKHARI, OTTOMAN TURKEY, 18TH CENTURY

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    AN EROTIC MINIATURE
    SIGNED BY 'ABDULLAH BUKHARI, OTTOMAN TURKEY, 18TH CENTURY
    Gouache heightened with gold on paper, a couple sit, the lady reclining against a red floral cushion wearing purple, gold heightened dress, and the man in brown robes kneeling before her, the lower left hand corner signed raqm 'Abdallah Bukhari, laid down between gold margin on blue marbled card, small areas of smudging and staining, the man's mustache added later
    Miniature 4¼ x 6¾in. (10.4 x 17.2cm.); folio 6 3/8 x 8¾in. (16.1 x 22.4cm.)


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    'Abdullah Bukhari (who flourished between 1725-50) was one of the two great eighteenth century Turkish painters. Like his contemporary, Levni, he painted many individual scenes for the albums of collectors, specializing particularly in flowers and single female figures. However erotica was much in vogue and was also considered perfectly acceptable subject matter. For similar paintings sold in these Rooms see 18 October 1994 and 19 October 1993, lot 101.

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