• The Ismail Merchant Collection auction at Christies

    Sale 5980

    The Ismail Merchant Collection

    7 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 11

    A LARGE CANTONESE FAMILLE ROSE PUNCH BOWL

    CHINESE AH 1292/1875-6 AD, MADE FOR 'ABD AL-LATIF KHAN BAHADUR FROM AQA MUHAMMAD HUSAYN SHIRAZI

    Price Realised  

    A LARGE CANTONESE FAMILLE ROSE PUNCH BOWL
    CHINESE AH 1292/1875-6 AD, MADE FOR 'ABD AL-LATIF KHAN BAHADUR FROM AQA MUHAMMAD HUSAYN SHIRAZI
    Painted with cartouches of birds and butterflies amongst vibrant flowering peonies, surrounded by fruits and flowers on a gilded ground, panels to the exterior with nasta'liq inscriptions
    16 1/8in. (41cm.) wide


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    Nawab Abdul al-Latif Khan Bahadur (1828-1893) was a nineteenth century Bengali educator and social worker. The first Muslim member of the Bengal Legislative Council in 1862, Abdul Latif was a Fellow of Calcutta University and a founder of the Mahomedan Literary Society in 1863. He was awarded the title of Khan Bahadur in 1877 and Nawab Bahadur in 1887.
    This bowl was made in the same year, 1875-76, as a bowl presented by the same individual, Aqa Muhammad al-Husayn al-Shirazi, to the Maharaja of Gwalior (see Christie's, London, 14 October 1997, lot 207.) The present lot was almost certainly a gift to commemorate the awarding of the title Khan Bahadur to Abdul al-Latif in 1877.

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    Provenance

    Made for Aqa Muhammad Husayn Shirazi and almost certainly presented in 1877 to Nawab Abdul al-Latif Khan Bahadur.
    Christie's, London, 14 October 1997, lot 212.