12 October 2004
SHEIKH MUSLIH AL-DIN SA'DI (d.AH 691/1292 AD): QASIDA
COPIED BY MIR 'ALI AL-HARAVI, 16TH CENTURY
Persian manuscript on buff paper, 6ff. with 8ll. of elegant black nasta'liq with pairs of small birds painted in gouache supporting each line of text, possibly slightly later, opening illuminated headpiece with title, final folio signed 'Ali al-Katib, some water staining, coloured margins with gold arabesques, in later gold tooled binding
Folio 9 x 5 7/8in. (23 x 15.3cm.)
Anon sale in these Rooms, 10 October 2000, lot 73.
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A note on the flyleaf gives the name of the artist of the birds as Muhammad Mu'min. There is an inscription, dated 1031, that may be from a Mughal library.
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On 6 and 7 of December Christie’s will offer almost 400 lots from a collection that includes works by Hals, Van Dyck, Leyster, Snyders and Jan Brueghel the Elder
Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous