Islamic and Indian Art sale at Bonhams Knightsbridge

By Cornucopia TR | January 5, 2011


On 19 January, Bonhams will be holding an auction of Islamic and Indian art, including thirty lots of contemporary Middle Eastern and South Asian art, at their Knightsbridge branch. Covering a wide range of materials and cultures, ranging from eighth century Persia to modern-day India, via Mamluk Egypt, Ottoman Turkey and Pahlavi Iran, this is a very good selection of works at very reasonable prices. The lowest-valued piece (a large oil painting of the Qajar ruler Mohammad Shah) is estimated at £50-80, while even the most expensive item (a nineteenth century Ottoman carved-wood ceiling) should go for as little as £6-8000. From the Islamic art on offer, highlights include a fourteenth century Mamluk Qur'an leaf written in elegant naskhi script (on the cover of the catalogue above, est'd £8-1200), an Iznik dish of circa 1600 (below, est'd £2-3000), and the wooden ceiling mentioned previously. Of the paintings on offer, Nazlı Ecevit's lovely view of a city (bottom, est'd £4-600) might be of some interest to Arts Diary readers; not only was she the mother of Bülent Ecevit, but she was also a well-respected painter whose works regularly come up at auctions in Turkey and abroad. This is an excellent opportunity to purchase a fine example of her work for a modest sum. To see the online catalogue, please click here.

Posted in Contemporary Art, Islamic Art Tagged bonhams, iznik, mamluk, nazlı ecevit, ottoman
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