116
116
North India
SOLOMON ENTHRONED
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
116
North India
SOLOMON ENTHRONED
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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North India
SOLOMON ENTHRONED
ink on buff paper, illuminated header cartouche, marbled borders, framed
14.5 by 8.2cm., 5 3/4 by 3 1/4 in.
Mughal, 17th century
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Provenance

This drawing was a gift to Howard Hodgkin from the late Sheikh Saud ibn Muhammad al-Thani (1966-2014).
Christie’s, London, 12 October 1999, lot 103

Catalogue Note

This finely rendered drawing depicts King Solomon seated on a throne surrounded by peris, courtiers and demons. A cheetah sits at his feet and the sky is filled with a flock of birds, possibly hoopoe. A related scene of Solomon enthroned, painted by Mirza Ghulam is in the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore (Okada 1992, fig.125). Stylistically the drawing derives from European Biblical engravings that arrived in India with the Christian missionaries from the sixteenth century onwards. During the reign of Jahangir a number of Mughal court artists based their drawings and miniatures on these European sources.

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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London