A finely illuminated Qur'an, in a European binding in Persian style India, probably Deccan, 17th Century
Lot 20
A finely illuminated Qur'an, in a European binding in Persian style India, probably Deccan, 17th Century
Sold for £12,000 (US$ 18,835) inc. premium

Lot Details
A finely illuminated Qur'an, in a European binding in Persian style
India, probably Deccan, 17th Century
Arabic manuscript on paper, 384 leaves, 14 lines to the page written in clear naskhi script in black ink, with diacritics and vowel points in black and red, on gold ground throughout, margins ruled in blue, red and gold, sura headings in white within a gold panel ruled in orange, gold roundels with orange dots between verses, two double-pages of illumination at beginning and end, occasional flaking, waterstaining confined to upper margin, not intruding into text, otherwise in good condition, 19th Century morocco gilt by Zaehnsdorf with stamped central medallions, cornerpieces and borders decorated with arabesques and floral motifs
287 x 160 mm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Henry White, JP, DL, FSA (bookplate on rear endpaper).
    His sale, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, London, 21st April 1902, lot 1279.

    Good quality Deccani Qur'ans of this date, and in good condition, are very rare.

    The binding: Joseph Zaehnsdorf (1816-1886) was born in Budapest. In 1842 he founded his bookbinding firm in London, becoming one of the most famous high-quality custom binders in Europe.
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