Exceptional quality and rarity set the tone of this year’s Sotheby’s 3 October Arts of the Islamic World sale, which features outstanding examples of gold, silver and ceramic lustre produced across the Muslim world from the ninth to the nineteenth century, as well as manuscripts, miniatures and textiles. Leading the sale are two early silver-gilt and nielloed handled cups from Persia, dating to the eleventh/twelfth century (lots 142 and 145). Another exceptional work is a pair of Central Asian silk lampas trousers from Sogdiana attesting to the international trading culture that flourished along the Silk Road in the 7th/8th century (lot 136). Two pages from the celebrated copy of the Siyar-I Nabi or ‘Life of the Prophet’, commissioned by the Ottoman Sultan Murad III (r. 1574-95) in 1594, stand out for their vivid colours and lively compositions (lots 110-111). Further highlights from the sale include a notable group of Indian works on paper from the collection of William and James Baillie Fraser (lots 81-102), as well as a wide selection of high-quality ceramics from the Harvey B. Plotnick Collection, showcasing the artistic heritage of Persia and Iraq on the eve of the Mongol invasions (lots 1-2, 13-15, 121-128, 146-177 and 180).