• 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 158

    PORTRAIT OF A DANCING GIRL

    SIGNED MUHAMMAD SADIQ, QAJAR IRAN, CIRCA 1820 AD

    Price Realised  

    PORTRAIT OF A DANCING GIRL
    SIGNED MUHAMMAD SADIQ, QAJAR IRAN, CIRCA 1820 AD
    Gouache heightened with gold on paper, the dancer wears a bright yellow full skirt and jewelled red top, one hand raised above her head and the other holding up her green sash, signed 'Amal Kamtarin Muhammad Sadiq to the left of the skirt and with the words Shabrat Mihr Afrooz the the right, laid down on white card, some spotting
    Miniature 8¼ x 5 7/8in. (21 x 14.9cm.)


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    A pencil inscription on the verso of the mount reads "Mihr Afrooz a dancing girl belonging to the Prince of Shiraz - given to me by Ellis of the B.M.", and is initialled CD (Cyril Davenport) and dated 1896. A.G. Ellis of the Department of Oriental Books and Manuscripts at the British Museum compiled the Catalogue of the Arabic Printed Books in the British Museum (1894-1901). Cyril Davenport (1848-1941) was Superintendent of Bookbinding at the Museum.

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