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    Sale 7674

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 October 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 53

    Mansour Qandriz (Iranian, 1935-1965)


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    Mansour Qandriz (Iranian, 1935-1965)
    signed in Farsi (lower right)
    oil and metallic paint on canvas
    43½ x 32¼ (110 x 82cm.)
    Painted circa early 1960s

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    One of the pioneers of Saqqa-khaneh art, Mansour Qandriz, died tragically in a car accident in 1965 when still young. As a result his surviving works are extremely rare.

    Qandriz's paintings of the 1960s were inspired by mystic symbols such as 'alams and other ornaments, clearly related to those in the works of his contemporaries Zenderoudi and Pilaram. However, unlike other artists he did not employ calligraphy in his paintings, instead he imbued them with a raw primitivism, and linking these symbols from the Islamic period of Iran to its earlier art. The central motif in several of his paintings resembles the "Tree of Life" in ancient Persian cultures, such as the 3000 year-old silvered metal works of Amlash.

    Qandriz's use of metallic paint and the way in which he restricted his use of colour makes his paintings evocative of two further forms of Iranian folk art, the talismanic metal plate, engraved with patterns and symbols, and the strong abstracted symbolic motifs on tribal rugs and carpets.


    Private Collection of Mrs. Seyhoun
    Acquired from the above by present owner in early 1980s

    Pre-Lot Text



    Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Saqqakhaneh, 1977 (illustrated in the catalogue)