Farhad Moshiri (Iran, born 1963) Gold Leaf Bowl with Green Hue

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Lot 73*
Farhad Moshiri
(Iran, born 1963)
Gold Leaf Bowl with Green Hue

Sold for £ 62,562 (US$ 81,802) inc. premium
Farhad Moshiri (Iran, born 1963)
Gold Leaf Bowl with Green Hue
acrylic and oil on canvas
signed "Farhad Moshiri" and dated "2005" in Farsi and English on the verso, executed in 2005
150 x 150cm (59 1/16 x 59 1/16in).

Footnotes

  • "Thus spake I to a potter on a day,
    Bidding his careless wheel a moment stay--
    "Be pitiful, O potter, nor forget
    Potters and pots alike are made of clay"
    - Omar Khayyam


    Provenance:
    Property from a private collection, Lebanon
    Acquired directly from the Third Line, Dubai, 2006

    Bonhams are privileged to offer a fine and monumental example from Farhad Moshiri's inimitable jar series.

    The 13th century Persian poet and polymath Omar Khayyam proclaimed clay as a "mysterious mother substance", and exalted what he described as a "wizard dust, wherein all shapes of birth, — soft flowers, great beasts, and huge pathetic kings, fill a needled girth".

    The analogy of the substance of life, as mere clay at the behest of an unseen potter which shapes, forms, breaks and remoulds at its whim, is a powerful and lasting motif in classical Persian literature, and serves to highlight the indifference of the universe to the relentless cycle of extinction and decay which characterises existence. It is this symbolic, poetic clay which forms the substance of Moshiri's jars, and it is in the context of this symbolism where their true meaning is brought to light.

    In their form, Moshiri's jars are inspired by the artistic heritage of Persian antiquity, which was home to one of the foremost centres of ceramic production in the ancient world. Ceramics which survive, as Moshiri depicts them, in a state of beautiful decay; fractured, discoloured and petrified beneath the earth, they live on as mere vestiges of a bygone age, their brilliance reminding us of the illustrious civilisation that gave rise to them, their decay ruing its inevitable downfall.

    For Moshiri, the flattening of these jars onto canvas harks their extinction as objects of use, whilst ruing the expiration of the cultural landscape they once inhabited. A consummate draftsman with a deft touch, Moshiri's Jars show an astounding level of technical skill, seldom has melancholy been channeled in such an aesthetically brilliant and visually vibrant form. Poignant, striking and refined, the present work is an example of Moshiri in his artistic prime.
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