A LONG PAINTED COTTON TENT PANEL (QANAT) FRAGMENT, NORTH INDIA, 17TH CENTURY
painted and resist dyed cotton with one very long floral stem in a niche
500 by 111cm.
Please note: Condition 9 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers for this sale is not applicable to this lot.
Composed of multiple cotton panels stitched together with backing, multiple tears and notably one area in lower section missing and restored with associated painting, watermarks with associated discoloration, the right hand edge cut down, further areas of consolidation throughout and patchwork replacements notably in the arch at the top, crease marks, as viewed.
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A similar fragment to the present lot is in the AEDTA Collection, Paris, Inv.No.1154, illustrated as fig.4a in Hali, Issue 54, 1990 p.121. For other similar examples please also see Robert Skelton (ed.), The Indian Heritage: Court Life & Arts under Mughal Rule, London 1982, no.212 and Sotheby's New York, 2 November 1988, The Heeramaneck Collection of Indian Sculpture, Paintings and Textiles, lot 148. Two additional similar niches are in the Calico Museum (acc.n.801) and in the Baroda Museum, (acc.no.I.A.764). A similar, smaller, fragment, sold in these rooms, 27 April 2005, lot 1.