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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 203

    A SAFAVID CUT BUTCHER'S STEEL

    IRAN, LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SAFAVID CUT BUTCHER'S STEEL
    IRAN, LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    The main panel of rectangular form with etched cusped cartouches of arabesques on either end, with knopped handle and hinged finial of delicate scrolling arabesques and dragon-head terminals
    11in. (28cm.) long


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    This is an extremely elegant example of the form. The interlaced arabesques on the handle are, in particular, beautifully handled. A later example is in the Parviz Tanavoli Collection (James W. Allan, Persian Steel, Oxford, 2000, no.I,3, pp.328 and 330). The note to that entry gives details of two other examples. One is signed by Khura and is in the Benaki Museum; the other is signed by Rafi' al-Din Muhammad, formerly in the Harari Collection.

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