FARHAD SPIES SHIRIN BATHING
FARHAD SPIES SHIRIN BATHING
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FARHAD SPIES SHIRIN BATHING

MUGHAL INDIA, EARLY 18TH CENTURY

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FARHAD SPIES SHIRIN BATHING
MUGHAL INDIA, EARLY 18TH CENTURY
Opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, composed of two scenes, within cream and peach borders with scrolling floral vine, laid down within wide blue margins with gold scrolling arabesques and palmettes, the reverse plain, areas of restoration, overall good condition
Painting 6¾ x 8¾in. (17 x 22.1cm.); folio 12 3/8 x 18½in. (31 x 47cm.)

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Lot Essay

The wide blue margins of this album page, with their gold scrolling arabesque decoration, recall in terms of style and size folios from the St. Petersburg Muraqqa. The way in which this album page is split between two scenes is also characteristic of the way works were mounted into the famous album. The margins of this folio, however, are unsigned and the scrolls are more compacted, which makes it probable that this is from a closely related album which also travelled from India to Iran and was inspired by the St Petersburg Muraqqa.
A folio from the St. Petersburg Muraqqa depicting ladies visiting a yogini and a lady preparing for her lover which has two paintings mounted side by side in a similar fashion to this album page is published in Francesca von Habsburg et al., The St. Petersburg Muraqqa', Lugano, 1996, pl. 13, fl 61 recto, p. 52, and a folio from the St. Petersburg Muraqqa that depicts a scene of women bathing under trees inspired by European prints which is closely related to our present album page was sold in these Rooms, 25 April 2013, lot 49.
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