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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 197

    PORTRAIT OF NASIR AL-DIN SHAH QAJAR

    QAJAR IRAN, 19TH CENTURY

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    PORTRAIT OF NASIR AL-DIN SHAH QAJAR
    QAJAR IRAN, 19TH CENTURY
    Gouache on paper, Nasir al-Din Shah sits on a European style chair on a blue striped carpet in an interior with window to his left, his hands holding a pearl-encrusted sword across his knees, wearing orange robe with floral embroidery, jewelled belt and hat, Qajar medals and coat with boteh motifs, with identification inscription in black nasta'liq to the right of his head which reads al-Sultan ibn al-Sultan ibn al-Sultan wa al-Khaqan ibn al-Khaqan ibn al-Khaqan Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar, laid down between blue marbled border and red rule on white card, some staining and creasing
    Miniature 13 3/8 x 9in. (33.7 x 22.9cm.); folio 19 5/8 x 13¼in. (50 x 33.5cm.)


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    We can compare the interior of the present work with that of a Qajar painting from the school of Abu'l Hassan Ghaffari depicting a pair of embracing lovers that sold in these Rooms, 23 October 2007, lot 192. The similarity between jaunty angles at which the windows are set to the attention to detail given to the stained glass around the central panes and the curved steel handles, indicates that the artists are either the same or were possibly trained in the same atelier.

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