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Mughal India, possibly Jaipur
SINGLE NICHE (QANAT) TENT PANEL
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Mughal India, possibly Jaipur
SINGLE NICHE (QANAT) TENT PANEL
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Details & Cataloguing

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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Mughal India, possibly Jaipur
SINGLE NICHE (QANAT) TENT PANEL
stencilled velvet, applied gilding
mounted: 139 by 109cm; 4ft 7in by 3ft 7in; textile approximately 132 by 102cm; 4ft 4in by 3ft 4in.
probably 17th/18th century
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Provenance

Christie’s, London, 13 October 2004, Lot 46

Catalogue Note

There is a directly comparable five niche Floral Tent Panel, circa 1635, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Acc.No. 1981.321), worked in the same technique on velvet, which has narrow relief strips across the top and bottom with an alternating design of a cypress tree and flowering shrub. There is a very similar single niche panel, probably Jaipur (possibly Rajasthan), catalogued as 18th century (184 by 138cm) in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (IM.30-1936).

For discussion of Mughal tent furnishings, see Guy, John and Swallow, Deborah, Arts of India 1550-1900, V&A Publications, London, 1990, p. 75; where it is noted that ‘When the court travelled, a vast city of tents would be created for each evening’s halt...The whole collection had to be duplicated so that one set could always be sent on ahead and erected to await the arrival of the emperor and his followers.’

For a pair of double niche Qanat tent panels in this sale, see lot 186. See also lot 162 for a print, Bleeding, possibly inspired by this textile niche panel.

 

 

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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London