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Tipu Sultan with his royal mistress, Delhi, circa 1850
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 GBP
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246
Tipu Sultan with his royal mistress, Delhi, circa 1850
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Art of Imperial India

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Tipu Sultan with his royal mistress, Delhi, circa 1850
gouache with gold on paper, inscriptions of identification above, green borders decorated with gilt scrolls, reverse with later inscriptions of identification and ownership
painting: 24.8 by 34cm.
leaf: 36.5 by 48cm.
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Provenance

Sotheby's London, 27 April 1994, lot 134
Ex Ismail Merchant Collection

Catalogue Note

In this imaginary portrait of the famous ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan is shown in an uncharacteristically sensuous and intimate scene, kneeling on a bed gently undressing his mistress. On the table behind are two books and a European carriage clock.

For fifteen years the painting was in the collection of the late Ismail Merchant (1936-2005), the famous film producer, until his collection was sold in 2009.

Art of Imperial India

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