Islamic Art Consignment
Sotheby’s first sold Qur’ans and manuscripts in 1755. Today, London’s “Islamic Week,” held in April and October, is the focal point in the Islamic art diary, attracting global collectors and curators. Our sales offer classical arts from the Middle East and wider Islamic World, featuring manuscripts in Arabic, Persian and Turkish as well as paintings, metalwork, arms and armour and jewelry. A highly important blue and white Iznik pottery charger, circa 1480, from Turkey that was estimated to sell between 300,000 to 500,000 GBP, sold for an impressive 5,359,950 GBP at auction.
Arts of the Islamic World sales comprise works produced under the aegis of multiple Islamic empires spread over three continents over a period of over 1,200 years. Sourced from private collections, highlights include precious gem-set and enamelled jewels, fine textiles, miniature paintings, rugs and carpets, Arab, Persian and Turkish manuscripts, calligraphy, ceramics and pottery from Persia and Mesopotamia, gilded and enamelled glass work, and courtly wares of the Mamluk period in Egypt and Syria.
Now is the perfect time to sell Islamic art, pottery, silver, painting or other consigned art in one of our upcoming sales. To start, simply submit images and information to Sotheby's through our easy-to-use and confidential online estimate form. Our global team of specialists will review your submission and issue preliminary estimates for items that can be included in our sales.Auction Highlights: Arts of the Islamic WorldLaunch Slideshow
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Islamic Art Consigned with Sotheby's
222LotA monumental illuminated Qur’an, Egypt, Mamluk, second half 14th centurya monumental illuminated qur’an, egypt, mamluk, second half 14th century7 October 2015 | Sale Price 100,000 GBPEstimate 80,000 – 120,000 GBP7 October 2015 | Sale Price 100,000 GBPArts of the Islamic World7 October 2015 | 10:30 AM BST | London
129LotA PORTRAIT OF SULEYMAN THE MAGNIFICENT, BY A FOLLOWER OF GENTILE BELLINI, ITALY, PROBABLY VENICE, CIRCA 1520 |a portrait of suleyman the magnificent, by a follower of gentile bellini, italy, probably venice, circa 1520 |1 May 2019 | Sale Price 5,323,500 GBPEstimate 250,000 – 350,000 GBP1 May 2019 | Sale Price 5,323,500 GBPArts of the Islamic World including Fine Rugs and Carpets1 May 2019 | 10:30 AM BST | London
78LotFARIDUN IN THE GUISE OF A DRAGON TESTS HIS SONS: ILLUSTRATED FOLIO (F.42) FROM THE SHAHNAMEH OF SHAH TAHMASP, ATTRIBUTED TO AQA MIRAK, PERSIA, TABRIZ, ROYAL ATELIER, CIRCA 1525-35faridun in the guise of a dragon tests his sons: illustrated folio (f.42) from the shahnameh of shah tahmasp, attributed to aqa mirak, persia, tabriz, royal atelier, circa 1525-356 April 2011 | Sale Price 7,433,250 GBPEstimate 2,000,000 – 3,000,000 GBP6 April 2011 | Sale Price 7,433,250 GBPC Welch Part II6 April 2011 | 10:00 AM BST | London
303LotAn important diamond-set and enamelled gold parade necklace (Khanti), North India, circa 1850-75an important diamond-set and enamelled gold parade necklace (khanti), north india, circa 1850-758 October 2014 | Sale Price 236,500 GBPEstimate 80,000 – 120,000 GBP8 October 2014 | Sale Price 236,500 GBPArt of Imperial India8 October 2014 | 2:30 PM BST | London
135LotA royal brass astrolabe made by al-Ahmar al-Nujumi al-Rumi for the treasury of the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid II (r.1481–1512), Turkey, dated 911 AH/1505-6 ADa royal brass astrolabe made by al-ahmar al-nujumi al-rumi for the treasury of the ottoman sultan bayezid ii (r.1481–1512), turkey, dated 911 ah/1505-6 ad8 October 2014 | Sale Price 962,500 GBPEstimate 800,000 – 1,000,000 GBP8 October 2014 | Sale Price 962,500 GBPArts of the Islamic World8 October 2014 | 10:30 AM BST | London
139LotA SAFAVID CUT-STEEL STANDARD (‘ALAM), SIGNED BY MUHAMMAD IBN REZA, PERSIA, SAFAVID, DATED 1017 AH/1608-09 AD |a safavid cut-steel standard (‘alam), signed by muhammad ibn reza, persia, safavid, dated 1017 ah/1608-09 ad |24 October 2018 | Sale Price 218,750 GBPEstimate 80,000 – 120,000 GBP24 October 2018 | Sale Price 218,750 GBPArts of the Islamic World24 October 2018 | 10:30 AM BST | London
12LotA Sickle-Leaf, vine scroll and palmette 'Vase'-technique carpet, probably Kirman, Southeast Persiaa sickle-leaf, vine scroll and palmette 'vase'-technique carpet, probably kirman, southeast persia5 June 2013 | Sale Price 33,765,000 USDEstimate 5,000,000 – 7,000,000 USD5 June 2013 | Sale Price 33,765,000 USDS/O Rugs5 June 2013 | 10:00 AM EDT | New York
134LotA HIGHLY IMPORTANT BLUE AND WHITE IZNIK POTTERY CHARGER, TURKEY, CIRCA 1480 |a highly important blue and white iznik pottery charger, turkey, circa 1480 |24 October 2018 | Sale Price 5,359,950 GBPEstimate 300,000 – 500,000 GBP24 October 2018 | Sale Price 5,359,950 GBPArts of the Islamic World24 October 2018 | 10:30 AM BST | London
172LotA Qur'an Bifolium in Kufic Script on Vellum from the Mushaf Al-Hadinah, The 'Nurse's Qur'an', copied by 'Ali Al-Warraq, Qairawan, North Africa, 410 AH/1020 ADa qur'an bifolium in kufic script on vellum from the mushaf al-hadinah, the 'nurse's qur'an', copied by 'ali al-warraq, qairawan, north africa, 410 ah/1020 ad6 April 2011 | Sale Price 289,250 GBPEstimate 120,000 – 160,000 GBP6 April 2011 | Sale Price 289,250 GBPArts of The Islamic World6 April 2011 | 12:00 PM BST | London
273LotA leaf from Emperor Akbar's royal copy of the Jami al-Tawarikh of Rashid al-Din Fazlullah Hamadani (d.1318 AD): Burghul Nuyan killed on the battlefield, attributed to Basawan and Bhim Gujarati, India, Mughal, circa 1596a leaf from emperor akbar's royal copy of the jami al-tawarikh of rashid al-din fazlullah hamadani (d.1318 ad): burghul nuyan killed on the battlefield, attributed to basawan and bhim gujarati, india, mughal, circa 15967 October 2015 | Sale Price 269,000 GBPEstimate 60,000 – 80,000 GBP7 October 2015 | Sale Price 269,000 GBPArts of the Islamic World7 October 2015 | 10:30 AM BST | London
46LotA prince holding a falcon and galloping through a rocky landscape, Deccan, Golconda, circa 1680-1700a prince holding a falcon and galloping through a rocky landscape, deccan, golconda, circa 1680-17006 October 2015 | Sale Price 329,000 GBPEstimate 60,000 – 80,000 GBP6 October 2015 | Sale Price 329,000 GBPThe Sven Gahlin Collection6 October 2015 | 10:30 AM BST | London
30LotAn important Arabic translation of Euclid's elements, probably Egypt, 13th centuryan important arabic translation of euclid's elements, probably egypt, 13th century25 April 2018 | Sale Price 321,000 GBPEstimate 200,000 – 300,000 GBP25 April 2018 | Sale Price 321,000 GBPArts of the Islamic World25 April 2018 | 10:30 AM BST | London
Frequently Asked Questions
- How much is my Islamic art worth?Islamic pottery, ceramics, paintings, armour and artefacts are valued based on provenance, condition, rarity and artist. As the market leader for fine and rare Islamic art, Sotheby's specialists are highly qualified to help you determine, “How much is my Islamic art worth?” Simply submit your details online and our experts can provide you with a complimentary auction estimate. Our international team is based in London and includes four highly experienced specialists who work in collaboration with Sotheby’s experts in New York, Paris, throughout Europe, The Middle East and India.
- What types of consigned Islamic art does Sotheby’s handle?Our Arts of the Islamic World sales feature works produced across multiple Islamic empires over a period of over 1,400 years. Top performers include illuminated Qur’ans, Iznik pottery, ceramics, precious gem-set and enamelled jewels,paintings and portraits, miniature paintings, drawings, illustrations, fine textiles, arms and armour, rugs and carpets, manuscripts, calligraphy and gilded and enamelled glass work.
- When do Sotheby's auctions of Islamic art occur?Sotheby's hosts sales of Islamic art throughout the year. Our auctions of Arts of the Islam World present property from distinguished private collections to capture the attention of first-time buyers and discerning collectors. Sotheby's specialists are ready to help determine the value of your Islamic art and recommend the best strategy to sell artwork and artefacts or consign an art collection. Find out more about upcoming auctions.
- Will Sotheby's buy my Islamic artwork directly?Sellers may consign artwork to be sold at auction or privately with Sotheby's, but we do not purchase art directly from clients. While our primary auctions occur in London, we also host other sales throughout the year. Once you submit your artwork details online, our specialists can discuss the best selling options with you.
Sotheby’s is your best resource to sell Islamic art, such as an illuminated Qur’an, precious gem-set and enamelled jewels, a fine textile, miniature painting, armour, weaponry, rug, carpet, an antique ornament, as well as an Arab, Persian or Turkish manuscript, calligraphy, ceramics and pottery that reflect the Persian and Mesopotamian cultures, as well as the trade routes between Central Asia and the Mediterranean, important gilded and enamelled glass work, especially the courtly wares of the Mamluk period in Egypt and Syria.