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    Sale 12471

    Arts of India

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 27

    AN ILLUSTRATION TO A RAGAMALA SERIES: GANDARANI RAGINI

    SUB-IMPERIAL MUGHAL SCHOOL, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1610

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    AN ILLUSTRATION TO A RAGAMALA SERIES: GANDARANI RAGINI
    SUB-IMPERIAL MUGHAL SCHOOL, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1610
    The second ragini of Malkos, opaque pigments heightened with gold, she sits on a raised platform, a floral carpet on the ground, she leans against an orange bolster, her maid-servant standing behind her, a walled courtyard at either side topped with pavilions, within black rules, three lines of fine devanagari text at top, numbered in the lower right corner
    8 7/8 x 11¾in. (22.5 x 28.9cm.)


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    Our panting belongs to a Ragamala series discussed in length by L.V. Habighorst in Moghul Ragamala, gemalte Indische Tonfolgen und Dichtung des Kshemakarna, Koblenz, 2006. The present folio is illustrated there as cat.17, p. 38.

    For two other folios of the same series in the Moscatelli Collection, namely Gauda Ragaputra of Shri Raga and Shankara Ragaputra of Megha Raga, see C. Glynn, R. Skelton and A. L. Dallapicolla, Ragamala, Paintings from India from the Claudio Moscatelli Collection, exhibition catalogue, London, 2011, cat. 14 and 15.

    Provenance

    Acquired before 1991.


    Pre-Lot Text

    A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION OF INDIAN PAINTINGS (LOTS 27-52)

    These paintings belong to a European connoisseur who passionately gathered these works through long decades of collecting between the 1980s and the early 1990s. They illustrate the variety of painting traditions in North India, with examples from most iconic Rajasthani schools. These paintings show courtly pleasures such as the hunt, royal worship of local gods as well as secular illustrations of musical modes, royal portraits and album pages, dating from the early 17th to the 19th century. Christie's is delighted to offer this selection of paintings in the Arts of India sale on the 26th of May 2016. The collection will also be offered in a dedicated Online Only sale: IMAGES OF RAJASTHAN: A PRIVATE COLLECTION OF INDIAN PAINTINGS (17 May - 27 May 2016). The second instalment of this Online Only sale will be offered in October 2016.