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    Sale 2025

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    16 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 224

    Zainul Abedin (1917-1976)

    Untitled

    Price Realised  

    Zainul Abedin (1917-1976)
    Untitled
    signed and dated 'Zainul 17/1/59' (lower right)
    watercolor on paper
    19¾ x 28½ in. (50.1 x 72.3 cm.)
    Painted in 1959


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    Provenance

    His Excellency Aga Hilaly joined the elite Indian Civil Service in 1936 to begin a successful career as a diplomat. Post Independence Mr. Hilaly was posted to India in 1960 and was transferred to the United Kingdom as High Commissioner in 1963. He also served the United Nations and was the recipient of several national and international awards such as Hilal-i-Quiad-I-Azam, Grand Cross of Order of Northern Star from Sweden and Grand Cross of Order of Gurkha from Nepal.
    This work was purchased by Mr. Hilaly in India in the early 1960s and has been in the same private collection.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE AGA HILALY, PAKISTAN'S AMBASSADOR AND HIGH COMMISSIONER TO INDIA, SWEDEN, UNITED KINGDOM AND UNITED STATES