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Lot 39 - BEAU CARREAU D'IZNIK AU COBALT ÉCLATANT - TURKEY, OTTOMAN ART, CIRCA 1560-1570 Siliceous ceramic, painted in red, turquoise and cobalt blue on a white ground, under a transparent lead glaze. Decorated with a network of flowers, bifid palmettes and scalloped contours. Crackling, enamel chips. Recessed in a solid wood frame, mounted on four ball feet. Very old provenance label, inscribed in pen on cardboard screwed to the wood, partially legible: Souvenir de Constantinople, Mosquée de Soliman le Magnifique, (...), 1947. Sight size: 20 x 20 cm. Private collection from the South of France (before 1947). Tiles from this series decorate the walls of the Rustam Pasha mosque in Istanbul. The color palette of the present tile is typical of this group, employing tomato red, soapy white and turquoise on a deep cobalt blue background. The Rustam Pasha mosque was built between 1560 and 1564 by Ottoman architect Sinan. Rustam Pasha was the Grand Vizier of Suleiman the Magnificent and married his daughter Mihrimah to Roxelane. However, only two other tiles of the same model appear to be known. They are in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (acquired from the Myers Collection in 1900; fig.6) and a fragment in the Louvre (OA3919/160; fig.7). A third tile, whose location is unknown, was offered at Sotheby's, London, 1982, lot 258. This tile is of exceptional quality and design. It is closely related to the border tiles designed for the Hürrem Su mausoleum.

Estim. 3 000 - 4 000 EUR

Lot 54 - SECTION DE DEUX JUZ' (25 ET 26) D'UN RARE CORAN ENLUMINÉ - NORTH AFRICA, 15th-16th CENTURY Arabic manuscript on paper, 86 leaves. Text copied in beautiful calligraphic Maghribi in sepia ink, at 7 lines per page, within a frame of three red and blue fillets. Vocalic and orthoepic signs are in red, green, yellow and blue. Verses are not separated. Golden symbols - drop or three-lobed pattern - in the body of the text refer to the textual divisions mentioned in the side margin, in stylized kufic script, in golden ink. The hizb division is inscribed in a polychrome medallion. The titles, calligraphed in ornamental gold kufic script, are extended in the margin by vignettes composed of gold foliage scrolls. The volume ends with a page of four lines of text, separated by a frame with a lanceolate vignette. This space should have been used for a colophon, but is left blank. Modern reddish-brown leather flap binding, mounted upside down (flap on right-hand board). The first eight leaves - also copied in Maghribi - are from a later restoration phase. Condition: the volume shows traces of wetness. The text has been ironed in these areas with mauve ink. A few tears in the lower margin on the original first and last folios. Text: 18 x 11.5 cm; Page: 22 x 18 cm. Two sections of a very similar Qur'an, one dated 802 A.H. (1400 C.E.), published in the sale catalog: Sotheby's, Art of the Islamic World, London, October 23, 2019, lot 101. For a section, also very similar, described as dating from the 14th century see: Christie's, Islamic Art, London, October 10, 2006, lot 5.

Estim. 4 000 - 5 000 EUR

Lot 63 - BEAU CORAN HARARI SIGNÉ ET DATÉ - ETHIOPIA, COPIED BY MUHAMMAD AL-BASHIR AL-NADHIR KABIR 'ABD AS-SALAM IBN SIM JARAD ABU BAKR. DATED: TUESDAY 4, RABI' AL-AWWAL 1193 H./ MARCH 22, 1779 Arabic manuscript on watermarked western laid paper (tre lune). 299 folios + 2 endpapers. The text is copied in a variant of the Bihari style, at 13 lines per page, in black ink (carbon ink). A 4-folio preface, copied by the same hand in red ink, precedes the Qur'anic text. This is followed by a one-page postface index, also copied in red, indicating the total number of verses according to the different regional schools. The initial double-page is inscribed in a rectangle illuminated in red and black ink, with two lateral bands featuring white interlacing on a red background. Diacritical marks and vowels are in black. Orthoepic signs and verse separators are in red. Between each sura is a formula in red, giving the title of the forthcoming sura, the place of revelation and the number of verses. In the margins, the copyist has indicated in red the divisions of the text (into hizb, quarter and half hizb, and juz') and in blue, glosses relating to the spelling of the consonant skeleton. Original binding, restored in the 20th century. Text area : 15.5 x 10.5 cm ; Page : 22.5 x 16 cm This manuscript, copied in 1193H./1779, displays formal characteristics - decorations, calligraphy, formats - typical of the East African manuscript tradition, and more specifically of the production of the city of Harar, located in eastern Ethiopia. This production seems to have been formalized around the 18th century; the earliest dated witnesses predate the example presented here by only a few decades (see the manuscript in the Khalili QUR706 collection, dated 1162H./1749). The Harar Qur'ans are distinguished first and foremost by their ability to borrow and reinterpret visual elements from sometimes distant manuscript traditions, such as that of sultanate India (see the work of S. Mirza). The other remarkable feature of this Koranic production is the insertion of a long preface - inspired by the rhymed treatise of the Shatibiyya, composed by al-Shatibi (d. 590/1194) - serving as a guide to reading, which constitutes a unique testimony to the use of the mushaf within the Muslim community in these regions.

Estim. 2 000 - 3 000 EUR

Lot 65 - TRÈS BEAU ET GRAND CORAN QAJAR COPIÉ PAR ISMAI'L SHEREKI ET COMMANDITÉ PAR MUHAMMAD HASSAN KHAN (L'UN DES KHAN DES TRIBUS DES BAKHTIARI), - IRAN, DATED: 1249 H./1832-33. REPLACEMENT BINDING DATED: 1295 H./1878 Ink, gouache and gold on paper. 289 ff. including 4 blanks. Opening double-page inscribed with the beginning prayers, in red and blue in flamed lozenges, double-frontispiece richly illuminated in polychrome and gold, and double-page of end prayers, also inscribed in gold-backed lozenges, in red and blue ink. Qur'anic text inscribed in 15 lines of naskh per page, in brown ink in reserve on a gilded background. Sura titles in blue thuluth in illuminated cartouches. Persian translation in smaller red naskh in the line spaces. Subdivisions of the Qur'an in illuminated marginal medallions inscribed in thuluth. Numerous large medallions in pendants, illuminated and inscribed with hadiths of the Prophet, as well as certain hadiths of the Shi'ite Imams. The Qur'an ends with prayers followed by seven lines indicating that the manuscript was produced on the last Tuesday of the first ten days of the month of Shawwal in the year 1249 H./ Tuesday, May 28, 1833 for Muhammad Hasan Khan, son of the late Zahrabâb Khan, known as Bakhtiyâr. The manuscript ends with two pages of explanations of the Qur'an's Falnama, accompanied by the prayer at the beginning of the divination and correspondences in verse. The binding, later, dated: 1295 H./1878, in papier-mâché and lacquer, decorated with "gul-o-bolbol", the inside of the boards trimmed with a flowering branch in gold on a black background, in a frame inscribed in thuluth, with recommendations from the prophet about reading the Qur'an. Text area: 26 x 14 cm; page: 34 x 21.5 cm. Kept in the same family since its arrival in France in 1962. Passed down to the present owners.

Estim. 4 000 - 5 000 EUR

Lot 68 - SIX FARMANS (DÉCRETS) DÉCERNÉS À MIRZA MUHAMMAD 'ALI JALAʾ AL-SALTANA (m. 1316 H. /1898-1899) - IRAN, QAJAR ART, DATED: MUHARRAM 1292 H./FEBRUARY 1875) AND SHA'BAN 1302 AH./MAY-JUNE 1885 Persian manuscripts. Ink, gouache and gold on paper. - A decree bearing the imperial seal of Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar, as well as his signature, dated 1292 A.H./1875-76, declares the payment of the late Muhammad Reza's salary to Mirza Muhammad 'Ali Shirazi (sar-rishteh-dar). On verso, several seals and signatures. - A decree showing the imperial seal of Mas'ud Mirza, Zill al-Sultan (the eldest son of Nasir al-Din Shah Qadjar), and that of the governor of Isfahan with his embossed imprint. Dated sha'ban 1302 H./1885. This decree rewards Mirza Muhammad 'Ali Khan, chief accountant of the army (lashkar nevis). On the reverse, three oval-shaped seals, including that of Mushir al-mulk, the prime minister of Muẓafar al-Din Shah Qadjar, and the date 1301H./1883-84. - A decree adorned with the imperial seal of Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar, as well as his signature, dated 1302 H./1885, giving an order addressed to Zill al-Sultan, to reward Mirza Muhammad 'Ali. On the reverse, several seals and signatures. -A decree adorned with the imperial seal of Zill al-Sultan, dated Muharram 1303H./October-November 1885. This order rewards Mirza Muhammad 'Ali Khan, who devoted many years of his life to the service of the state and the army. On verso, several seals and signatures. - A decree bearing the imperial seal of Nasir al-Din Shah Qadjar, as well as his signature, dated Rajab 1309 H./February 1892. It is an order addressed to Zill al-Sultan, congratulating Mirza Muhammad 'Ali Khan. On the reverse, several seals and signatures. - A decree adorned with the imperial seal of Nasir al-Din Shah Qadjar, as well as his signature, dated Dhu-al-hijja 1312 H./April-May 1895, conferring the title of Jalaʾ al-Salṭana on Mirza Husayn Khan, son of Mirza Muhammad 'Ali Khan Jalaʾ al-Saltana. On verso, several seals and signatures. Dimensions: 60 x 36.5 cm; 51.5 x 33.5 cm; 73 x 50 cm; 62 x 41 cm; 65.5 x 46.5 cm; 67 x 46.5 cm

Estim. 600 - 800 EUR

Lot 69 - TROIS FARMANS (DÉCRETS) ADRESSÉS À MIRZA HUSAYN KHAN (NÉ EN 1292 H./1875 ET MORT EN 1368 H./1948) - OF NASIR AL-DIN SHAH QAJAR AND ZIL AL-SULTAN, DATED: 1303 H./1885, 1309 H./1892 AND DHU-AL-QI'DA 1312 H./APRIL-MAY 1895 Persian manuscripts on paper. Black ink. - A decree adorned with the imperial seal of Nasir al-Din Shah Qadjar, as well as his signature, dated 1313 H./1896, addressed to Mirza Husayn Khan, son of Mirza Muhammad 'Ali Khan Jalaʾ al-Saltana, rewarding him for his deeds, by awarding him the title of sartipi, with a harness (hamayil) and the medallion of this title. This title was advised to him by the Prime Minister, Mushir al-Mulk. - A decree containing the imperial seal of Muzafar al-Din Shah Qadjar, dated Ramadan 1316 H./ December 1898 - January 1899. This farman awards the title of Jalaʾ al-Saltana to Mirza Ḥusayn Khan, army rapporteur and also Muʿtamid al-Dawla, following the death of his father, Mirza Muḥammad ʿAli Khan Jalaʾ al-Saltana. Verso, three oval-shaped seals, two of them from Mushir al-Mulk, the prime minister, one bearing his name and a date: 1311H./ 1893-94. The other inscribed with "sadr aʿzam", and the date: 1314 H./1896-97. - A decree with the imperial seal of Muẓafar al-Din Shah Qadjar, dated Rabi II 1316 H./ August-September 1898. This order concerns the inheritance of Mirza Muḥammad ʿAli Khan Jalaʾ al-Saltana, to be transferred to his eldest son, Mirza Ḥusayn Khan. On the reverse, several seals and signatures, thus the seals belonging to Mushir al-Mulk, one bearing his name AND the date: 1311 H./ 1893-94 and another with his title "ṣadr aʿzam", dated 1314 H./ 1896-97. Finally, the seal of Amin al-Sultan, the newly appointed Qadjar Prime Minister. Dimensions: 44 x 34 cm; 52 x 43.5 cm; 50 x 37 cm Mirza Husayn Khan was born on Safar 1292 / March 20, 1875 and died on Muharram 18, 1368 / November 20, 1948. He is buried in the Takht-e Fulad cemetery in Isfahan.

Estim. 300 - 400 EUR

Lot 70 - BELLE COMPOSITION CALLIGRAPHIQUE MONTÉE EN PAGE D'ALBUM : QUATRAIN ET EXTRAITS D'UN HAFT-O-RANG DE JAMI (TUHFAT AL-AHRAR) - SIGNED BY 'ALI REZA 'ABBASSI, IRAN OR INDIA, LATE 16th CENTURY Gouahe and gold ink on card, 4 lines of Persian poetry, in nast'aliq, in reserve on a blue background speckled with gold and a background illuminated with polychrome garlands on a gold background. A triangular register on an identical background contains the calligrapher's signature: "Katabahu 'Ali Reza al-'Abbassi ghafara thunubahu wa satara 'uyubahu".frieze of clouds inscribed in reserve on an illuminated background, outer border salmon with gold floral motifs. Calligraphy: 20 x 14 cm; Page: 36.5 x 26.5 cm. For another calligraphy by the same artist, see : Christie's, Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including A Private Collection Donated to Benefit The University of Oxford, Part V, London, APRIL 10, 2014, lot 29. 'Ali Reza 'Abbasi was a calligrapher at the court of Shah 'Abbas. Born in Tabriz, he moved to Qazwin after the Ottoman invasion. He was first associated with Farhad Khan Qaramanlu, an officer of Shah 'Abbas's court. He was then invited to the Shah's court in Isfahan, with whom he developed a close relationship, acting as his librarian. His published works are dated between 1000 and 1025 H./1591 and 1617 (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Tehran, 1363/1984, pp. 456-61). Album pages signed by him were featured in the British Museum exhibition, Shah 'Abbas: The Remaking of Iran (Sheila R. Canby, Shah 'Abbas. The Remaking of Iran, exhibition catalog, London, 2009, p.44, no.6).

Estim. 800 - 1 200 EUR

Lot 83 - COFFRET DE STYLE "NÉO-ACHÉMÉNIDE" - IRAN, QAJAR ART, late 19th CENTURY Of quadrangular form, resting on four feet, with fish-shaped metal clasp lid, in wood covered with micro-mosaic (khatamkari) and inlaid with bone and ivory, embellished with repoussé silver plates. Please note that this lot contains elephant ivory and that in accordance with European regulation 2021/2280 of December 16, 2021, the export of goods containing this material outside the EU is prohibited, with the exception of a purchase by a cultural or museum institution, for non-commercial purposes. Rim Enchères will be able to issue the purchaser with the intra-Community certificate (CIC, K permit) that conditions the sale and circulation of this good within the European Union. Dimensions: 31.2 x 21 x 11.5 cm. Passed down through several generations of the same family to the present owner. The neo-Achaemenid style was initially confined to Qajar stone reliefs, the most famous of which were commissioned by Fath'Ali Shah. It became popular after the 1880s (Fellinger, L'Empire des roses, Chefs d'œuvre de l'art persan du XIXe siècle, Musée du Louvre-Lens and ed. Snoek, Ghent, 2018, p. 61). Inspired by Achaemenid sculptures from Persepolis and Sassanid bas-reliefs, this style was all the rage in the Shiraz region. A carved alabaster mantel panel features the same scene as on the lid of the casket (Lerner, Three Achaemenid "Fakes": A reevaluation in the light of 19th century Iranian architectural sculpture, Expedition Magazine, Penn Museum, 1980, pp. 13-15).

Estim. 800 - 1 000 EUR

Lot 85 - PAGE D'UN ALBUM PROBABLEMENT ASSEMBLÉ PAR SHUJA' AL-DAWLA (NAWAB DE OUDH) - INDIA, MUGHAL ART, OUDH, CIRCA 1760 Gold-embellished gouache on paper, with a thin dark-blue inner border, decorated with gilded floral garlands, mounted on buff margins speckled with gold, housing an inscription, in nasta'liq, in a cartouche: "tasvir-e shaykh sa'di"/portrait of Seikh Sa'di, the rear board of the frame bears an old collector's label (Joseph Soustiel) and a handwritten description. Painting: 20 x 12.8 cm; Page: 36.8 x 27.2 cm Ex-collection Joseph Soustiel (1904-90), Paris. This page comes from an album that may have been assembled by the Nawab of Oudh, Shuja al-Daula, around 1770. Some of the paintings in the album bear the seal of Sir Elijah Impey, first Chief Justice of Bengal from 1774 to 1983. These may have been given to Sir Elijah or acquired by him from the Nawab family shortly after his death (Leach, Mughal and Other Indian Paintings From the Chester Beatty Library, 1995, vol.II, p.655-6). It has also been suggested that the patron of this album might have been Najm al-Din 'Ali Khan, depicted in a palace on a page of an album identical to the one on our page (see Sotheby's London, December 14, 1987, lot 31). For other pages sold at auction, see : Christie's, London, April 8, 2008, lots 293 and 294; April 25, 2013, lot 175; Sotheby's London, October 25, 2017, lot 83 and October 19, 2016, lot 18. Other folios from this album were in the Pozzi collection in Paris (see J. Soustiel and M. Beurdeley, Collection Jean Pozzi - Miniatures Indiennes et Orientales, Mes Rheims et Laurin, Palais Galleria, Paris, December 5, 1970, nos.17-20, 24, 71 and 82). The Chester Beatty Library holds eighteen pages, eight of which were produced at the Mughal court in the late 16th and 17th centuries. The remaining ten paintings date from the 18th century and have been attributed to Awadhi artists such as Mihr Chand, Sital Das and Bahadur Singh (Leach, ibid., pp. 656-664; nos. 6.232-6.241). The pages of this album all have dark blue inner borders, large gold-flecked margins on buff paper, and a distinctive cartouche in the upper margin, inscribed in Persian, in nasta'liq. Most of these inscriptions refer to Hosn's protrait, "tasvir-i husn...", which is why this album is sometimes called "Hosn's Album". Corners and edges of the folio slightly scuffed, margins with minor stains, small loss to outer edge of right border, the image with small areas of rubbing and loss to pigments, minor creasing, some staining and scattered spots of discolouration, the pigments on the figures are strong, as viewed. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOG.

Estim. 7 000 - 8 000 EUR