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PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

A ROYAL COUPLE
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 USD
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306

PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

A ROYAL COUPLE
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from The Cleveland Museum of Art

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A ROYAL COUPLE
Opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper
image: 7 3/4 by 5 1/4 in. (17.8 by 12.7 cm)
India, Imperial Mughal, Shah Jahan Period, circa 1650
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Provenance

Private collection London 
Acquired 1980's

Catalogue Note

A formal double-portrait of a royal couple.  They stand facing each other wearing diaphanous muslin outer jama and skirt - against a brilliant malachite green ground - exchanging a gold jeweled container.  He holds a slender, ornate ceremonial sword, a jeweled katar tucked into his sash.  His short-length patka with flowering lily patterns was in favor during the latter period of Shah Jahan.  Red tinged clouds swirl above.  

An extremely fine and naturalistic double portrait from the imperial workshops of Emperor Shah Jahan where paintings by atelier artists were made of royal family members, courtiers and sometimes notable persons like great musicians and diplomats, often on a blue-green verdigris background.  Our painting is superb in execution and reveals keen psychological insight into the personal relationship of this anonymous royal couple.  Similar Imperial portraits are in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, with some mounted into muraqqa' album  folios like the Shah Jahan Album (accession no. 55.121.10.33), and some as individual leaves like our own double portrait.

For further discussion on the Shah Jahan Album, see M. C. Beach, The Grand Mogul: Imperial Painting in India 1600-1660, Williamstown, 1978.

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from The Cleveland Museum of Art

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