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    Sale 12471

    Arts of India

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 50

    NADIR SHAH AFSHAR

    LUCKNOW, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1800

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    NADIR SHAH AFSHAR
    LUCKNOW, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1800
    Opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, the Persian conqueror of Delhi seats on a bejewelled throne, his face within a green and gold halo, two ladies in Persian dress present him with fruits, a courtier stands behind him, on a terrace with a marble pavilion and trees in the background, laid down on gold-speckled pink card with gold illuminated margins
    Painting 10¾ x 7½in. (27.3 x 19cm.); page 17¼ x 12½in. (43.7 x 31.7cm.)


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    For two other folios from the Wellington Album, see S. Markel and T.B. Gude, India's Fabled City: The Art of Courtly Lucknow, Los Angeles, 2011, cat.158-159, p.38 and p.259. Two others were published in Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch, Miniature Painting from the Indian and Islamic World, 2010, cat.22 and 23, pp.38-39. These pages were from an album acquired in India between 1796-1805 by Arthur Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington (1789-1852). He arrived in India in 1796, fought against Tipu Sultan in 1799 and the Marathas between 1802-1804. Fourteen of these pages sold at Sotheby’s, London, 10-11 October 1991.

    Provenance

    Sotheby's, London, 10 & 11 October 1991, lot 783
    Sotheby's, London, 30 April 1992, lot 292 (part lot)


    Pre-Lot Text

    TWO FOLIOS FROM THE WELLINGTON ALBUM (LOTS 50 & 51)