23 September 2005
A GATHERING OF DERVISHES
Mughal India, Circa 1605
Gouache heightened with gold on paper, very finely painted, the group of dervishes sit in a circle around a pool, their faces and attitudes highly individualized, some in conversation, some performing ablutions, some smoking from huqqas, some asleep, against a green ground with finely painted gold foliage, beneath a central tree with very carefully drawn leaves. mounted on a later album page, very slight flaking in some areas, but otherwise in good condition, reverse with later pencil markings, mounted, framed and glazed
Folio 15¼ x 11¼in. (39 x 28.5cm.); miniature 11 x 8¼in. (27.8 x 21.2cm.)
V. Everit Macy, New York, sold American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, Inc, 8 January 1938, from whom purchased by the father of the present owner.
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