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Sotheby’s: Arts of the Islamic World (Autumn 2013)

October 9, 2013
10:30 BST
Viewing times: April 4, 9 to 4.30; April 6, 12 to 5; April 7 and 8, 9 to 4.30

Sotheby’s New Bond Street, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA, UK

Sotheby’s autumn sale of Arts of the Islamic world features a tightly-curated selection of paintings, manuscripts and works of art from the broad artistic traditions of the Muslim world.

Representing the achievements of Persian, Iraqi, Central Asian and Turkish potters is a wonderfully diverse selection of ceramics from the Guerrand-Herm├Ęs Collection of Islamic art. The contrasts of the colours, shapes and designs of the pieces on offer make a beautifully arresting group. Miniature paintings and metalwork are also included in the collection, revealing the intricacies of Arab, Persian and Indian craftsmanship.

From the later Islamic period comes an important royal portrait from Zand Persia, circa 1779. The painting depicts Prince Rustam Khan Zand, resplendent in luxurious cloak and turban – textiles characteristic of the period. The portrait is signed by the artist Muhammad Sadiq, the famous court artist active in the latter part of the 18th century.

From the Ottoman lands come two groups of Iznik ceramics from separate European private collections, including a rare blue and white tazza from circa 1560. Also relating to Turkey is a fascinating oil painting of the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Depicting the major monuments of the Byzantine capital amid smoke and cannon fire from the attacking Turkish vessels, the painting represents probably the earliest oil painting of this pivotal moment in Turkish history.

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