This diverse selection of artworks spans the wide expanses under Islamic patronage over the past thirteen centuries.
Of particular note are numerous pieces from the 16th and 17th centuries, originating from lands far apart, as the centres of highest-quality artistic production shifted considerably in this period. The art of the Indian Deccan can be witnessed in an exceptional painting of Sultan Ibrahim ’Adil Khan II of Bijapur, executed in the 17th century, and a standard finial (‘alam) that displays a flowing calligraphy in cut-brass, embellished with two ferocious dragon heads.
The sale will also include an exciting recent discovery: a complete Persian muraqqa' – an album of miniatures and calligraphy – preserved until now in a European private collection. Within the concertina-form album is a sensitive drawing of a lady holding a bottle signed by Aqa Reza, a characterful drawing of a strutting camel, replete with wide eyes and swishing tail, and a superb study of a dragon emerging from its cave.
Representing the art of Ottoman Turkey is a superb group of Iznik ceramics, the highlight of which is a unique blue and white water flask (matara) decorated with a blue and white ‘faux-marble’ design. A further exceptionally rare piece is Conrad Schick’s celebrated Model of the Dome of the Rock. Made for the Vienna World Fair of 1873, it is a unique historical record of the sanctuary on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
The exhibition of works featured in this sale will take place in New York on 17 – 18 March and will open in London on 19 April.