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A CALLIGRAPHIC COMPOSITION (LEVHA)
A CALLIGRAPHIC COMPOSITION (LEVHA)

SIGNED MUHAMMAD SHAWQI (MEHMED SEVKI EFENDI), OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED AH 1292/1875-6 AD

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A CALLIGRAPHIC COMPOSITION (LEVHA)
SIGNED MUHAMMAD SHAWQI (MEHMED SEVKI EFENDI), OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED AH 1292/1875-6 AD
Black ink on brown paper, with Qur'an XXVI, (sura al-shu'ara), vv.88-9 in one line of jali thuluth, signed to the left side, dated below the composition, laid down between gold and white borders on blue margins with gold and white floral illumination, framed and glazed
12¼ x 28in. (31 x 71cm.)
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Please note that the name of this calligrapher is in fact Muhammad Shefik rather than Muhammad Sevki.

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Mehmed Shevki Efendi was born in 1829 in Kastamonu province in Anatolia. He was initially tutored in calligraphy by his uncle Mehmed Hulusi Efendi. However the nephew would soon outshine his uncle and eventually became known as the founder of the renowned 'Shevki school' of calligraphy. His style is typified by his neat yet flowing letters which are elaborate and graceful. His preferred scripts included thuluth, naskh and riqa, all of which he mastered at a young age. Mehmed Shevki Efendi also tutored Sultan Abdulhamid II's sons in calligraphy. During his attendance at the Ottoman court, he was known for his abstemious and kind nature. It emerged after his death in 1887 that he had donated most of his wealth to charitable causes in his native village in Anatolia. A Qur'an also included in this sale (lot 341) was copied by a student of Shevki's.

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