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Lot 167: A MANUSCRIPT OF POETRY, SIGNED BY IKHTIYAR AL-MUNSHI, PERSIA, SAFAVID, DATED 975 AH/1567-68 AD |

Arts of the Islamic World

by Sotheby's

19 October 2016

London, United Kingdom

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Description: Persian manuscript on paper of varying colours, 17 leaves plus a flyleaf, remargined, 5 lines to the page, written in shikasteh ta'liq script in black, white, gold and red within cloud bands, foliate scrolls filling the interstices, f.1a with calligraphic roundel in gold with dedication, ownership inscriptions above and on end doublures, red morocco binding with applied foliate decoration, with bespoke slip-case

Condition Report: In good overall condition, slip-case slightly worn, torn halfway down one side, manuscript remargined, minor creasing and stains, calligraphy bold, as viewed.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Provenance: Copied for the Ottoman Grand Vizier Sokollu Mehmed Pasha, as indicated in the opening roundel in gold.
Entered the library of Mahdi Khan Astarabdi, the minister to Nadir Shah and was entrusted to ‘Mulla-bashi’ in 1191 AH/1777-78 AD. The seal impression of Mahdi Khan is below the note.
In the library of a Qajar official with the name Husayn in 1289 AH/1872-73 AD (based on the seal impression below the note).
Purchased from Haji Sayyid Muhammad Sarraf (a money changer) for 820 (?) tumans by Husayn Qavam-dafter in 1313 AH/1895-96 AD, who wrote a note praising the manuscript as unique and rare and hoped his son ‘Ali Asghar would keep it for as long as he could. A few Persian couplets were written by Qavam-dafter at the age of 90 in 1337 AH/1918-19 AD).
A note indicates that it was bought at the auction of Qavam Daftar’s house in 1325 AH/1907-08 AD.

 

Dimensions: 21.9 by 14.4cm.

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