A maiden standing beside a cypress tree Deccan, probably by the painter Muhammad 'Abid, late 18th Century, circa AH 1201/AD 1786

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Lot 318*
A maiden standing beside a cypress tree
Deccan, probably by the painter Muhammad 'Abid, late 18th Century, circa AH 1201/AD 1786

Sold for £ 1,875 (US$ 2,489) inc. premium
A maiden standing beside a cypress tree
Deccan, probably by the painter Muhammad 'Abid, late 18th Century, circa AH 1201/AD 1786
gouache and gold on paper, inner margins ruled in black and gold, buff outer border with nasta'liq inscription at top, verso a cartouche containing five lines of text in nasta'liq script in black ink, red margin rules
282 x 191 mm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Formerly in the collection of Gordon H. Mattison, Maryland, USA.

    Gordon H. Mattison (1915-99) was a Foreign Service officer who was born in Washington and grew up in India, where his father was a missionary. He began his career in the US Foreign Service in 1937. He travelled widely in the Middle East, including to Iraq and Syria, and by the late 1940s was Chief of the State Department's Division of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs. In the 1950s he was posted to the in US Embassies in Cairo and Tehran, and lastly was US Consul General in Calcutta and Kathmandu, Nepal.

    The inscriptions read:
    (recto): dar naghmeh-ye abyaz usul-e chaharom-e sarv-e nazi, which identifies the painting as an illustration of a musical mode on the theme of playing with a cypress tree (sarv-e nazi), corresponding to the colour white and the beginning of the winter season.

    (verso): dar naghmeh-ye abyaz usul-e chaharom-e sarv-e nazi hengam-e sara'idan in fasl-e avval zemestan va charkh khod-be-khod be-gardesh mi-ayad hasb al-hukm-e hozur-e lami' al-nur tasavir-e naghmeh az dast-e muhammad 'abid musavver be-tarikh-e panjom-e mah-e bahari sal-e sha sanah 1201 dar dar al-saltanah patan surat-e tarqim yaft.

    The inscription mentions the painter, Muhammad 'Abid, and that the painting was executed in Patan in the year sha [i.e. Tipu Sultan's regnal year 41 (1786-87)], or AH 1201/AD 1786.
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A maiden standing beside a cypress tree Deccan, probably by the painter Muhammad 'Abid, late 18th Century, circa AH 1201/AD 1786
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