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    Sale 2024

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 447

    An illustration of a Maiden with a toy

    INDIA, BIKANER, DATED V.S. 1850 (1793-94)

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    An illustration of a Maiden with a toy
    Ustad Abu Qasim
    India, Bikaner, dated V.S. 1850 (1793-94)
    The maiden dressed in a pale yellow choli and deep orange gaghra with a sheer white and red odhni edged in gold, her hands holding the string of a silver and gold spinner, standing against a pistachio background with blades of grass at her feet, a pale sky with rolling clouds above
    Opaque pigments and gold on wasli
    5¾ x 4 1/8 in. (14.5 x 10.4 cm.), folio

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    An inscription on the verso reads "S(amvat) 1850 miti ka ti(k) sud(i) 2 kam uste abu kasem re ro devali ri najar," which translates to "Work of Ustad Abu Qasim [presented as] nazar [at the] Diwali [festival Darbar]." There is also the collection stamp of the Maharaja of Bikaner, dated 10th June 1964, no. 259 and with a librarian's signature, Khet Singh, in ink.

    Naval Krishna has identified this painter in the genealogy of Umrani painters as the great-grandson of Ibrahim, son of Ruknuddin, the famous Bikaner court painter of the late seventeenth century; see A. Topsfield, Court Painting in Rajasthan, 2000, p. 62-63. Shanane Davis confirms that Abu Qasim was the last Umrani (Usta) clan master painter in Bikaner, and was in charge of the royal workshop until 1804; see S. Davis, The Bikaner School: Usta Artisans and Their Heritage, vol II, (forthcoming)


    Collection of Maharaja of Bikaner
    Christie's London, 10 July 1975, lot 123
    Maggs Brothers, London, acquired in the late 1970s
    Private Collection, Hertfordshire, acquired in the late 1970s to present

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