A portrait of Omar Shaykh Mirza (1456-1494), standing facing left, holding a rose, wearing a yellow floral jama Golconda, circa 1700
gouache on paper, framed 427 x 272 mm.
Provenance: The collection of the late Peter Cochrane. Formerly exhibited at Arthur Tooth and Sons, Ltd., Bruton Street, London.
From an album of nineteen portraits of Mughal rulers and their ancestors previously sold at Sotheby's (Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures, 14th April 1976, lot 267). The album may well have been commissioned by the Dutch traveller Cornelius Le Bruyn, whose Voyages de Corneille Le Bruyn par Le Moscovie en Perse, Amsterdam 1718, is illustrated with engravings of this and the following lot. This style of portrait was popular with European travellers at the end of the 17th Century. Further evidence to support this Dutch provenance is the Dutch inscriptions on the reverse of each and the Dutch label and contemporary Japanese covers on the original binding. The paper was also a commodity of the Dutch East India Company at this time. Another album containing Persian portraits, also probably commissioned by Cornelius Le Bruyn, was sold at Sotheby's, Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures, 7th July 1975, lot 222.