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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 245

    A QAJAR GOLD DAMASCENED AND INLAID WATERED STEEL KASHKUL

    BY HAJJI ABBAS, IRAN, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

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    A QAJAR GOLD DAMASCENED AND INLAID WATERED STEEL KASHKUL
    BY HAJJI ABBAS, IRAN, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
    The form taken from the coco-de-mer shell, the midriff with a band of cartouches alternating with roundels containing a naskh inscription within a decorated border, the upper surface with densely flowering vine around the figures of two dervishes with gold inlaid details flanking an inscription cartouche, a smaller signature cartouche below, the underside with stepped cusped concentric medallions with gold details, the hinged steel loops each end for a suspension chain with pierced and gold decoration
    9½in. (24cm.) long


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    The inscription on the top contains a verse from the Gulistan of Sa'di and the signature of Hajji 'Abbas. Round the body are verses in Persian in praise of the kashkul including the name of the maker, 'Abbas.

    An almost identical kashkul is in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. Originally catalogued as being dated AH 1207, more recently it has been published as dating from the late 19th century (Iran in the Hermitage, exhibition catalogue (in Russian), St. Petersburg, 2004, no.147, p.130). It entered the museum from the Bachmanov collection in 1925. Another very closely related example is in the Museum of the Gulistan Palace, Tehran (Arthur Upham Pope, A Survey of Persian Art, London, 1938, pl.1394D). A further example was sold in these Rooms 9 October 1990. It was particularly relevant to the discussion over the date as it was decorated on the underside with a very elegant gold dedicatory nasta'liq inscription dated AH 1325/1902-3 AD).

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