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Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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India, Agra
MUGHAL CHINI KANA PANEL

Provenance

Sotheby's, London, 25 May 2005, lot 113

Catalogue Note

A Chini Khana was an architectural element often used in Mughal garden design comprising a series of sandstone walls such as the present example which were carved with recessed niches of varied forms on which oil lamps or floral vases could be placed (the term 'Chini Khana' itself can be translated as 'China Cabinet'). The irrigation system would be set up so that a waterfall could flow in front of these walls, cooling the atmosphere within and creating an ambiance of sensory delight. In the present example, the bottle-vases and fruit platters are already carved into the piece itself, integrating these elements. 

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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London