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Property from The Library of the late Djafar Ghazi
The following section, (lots 170-212) represents the fourth and last installment offered in these Rooms of the library of manuscripts and calligraphy assembled by the Late Djafar Ghazi. Mr Ghazi was a focused collector who quietly amassed one of the finest collections of manuscripts and calligraphy to appear on the market. It is a collection whose importance and discerning eye it takes considerable time fully to appreciate. It was put together with great knowledge of the languages and literary traditions of the region. Relatively unassuming at first glance, but careful reading reveals them to be incredibly important, and for completely different reasons. The concentration on calligraphy by the most celebrated masters of the Timurid, Safavid and Ottoman courts is spectacular, a wonderful demonstration of the calligrapher's art. This is however combined with a broad cross section of earlier academic texts each of which has something - be it a subject, a calligrapher, an author or a historical context - which is surprising, enlightening or more often, both.
A further extensive group of manuscripts and calligraphy from the Library of the lafe Djafar Ghazi is included at Christie's South Kensington on Friday 16th April.