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    Sale 12471

    Arts of India

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 67

    A GOLD MERCHANT

    STYLE OF SAJNU, MANDI OR KANGRA, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1810

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    A GOLD MERCHANT
    STYLE OF SAJNU, MANDI OR KANGRA, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1810
    Opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, he sits on a raised platform holding a scale with gold beads and a weight, bags of gold and silver laid before him, within a walled courtyard, smaller figures around him, others watch the scene from windows and arcades, set within an oval medallion, with finely illuminated spandrels, floral borders on blue ground and pink-speckled margins, protective fly-leaf inscribed with three lines of devanagari script
    10¼ x 8¾in. (26.8 x 22.2cm.)


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    The sharp architectural lines populated by expressive figures is similar to a painting also attributed to Mandi and dated to circa 1810-20 in the Victoria and Albert Museum (W. G. Archer, Indian Paintings from the Punjab Hills, London, 1973, no.49, p.276). W. G. Archer cites that Sajnu was recorded as having been a painter at Kangra prior to moving to Mandi. He suggests that Sajnu's strong sense of geometry has its origins in his formative years in Kangra (W. G. Archer, op.cit., p. 361).

    Provenance

    Ex Royal Mandi Collection, (No. 1280)