Lot 12 (Islamic & Indian Art, 22nd April 2020)
AN EQUESTRIAN PORTRAIT OF A NOBLEMAN
PROPERTY OF THE LATE BRUNO CARUSO (1927 - 2018) COLLECTION
Rajasthan, North Western India, late 19th century
Opaque pigments heightened with silver on paper, the vertical composition depicting a noble Rajput on a speckled steel, smoking from a silver huqqa base, flanked by two foot attendants, one bearing a soonta (ceremonial mace), the latter with a tall white fly-whisk, to the bottom a faded line of black ink Devanagari script now covered with red paint, the verso plain except another omitted line of Devanagari script covered with red paper, 29.8cm x 22cm.
Sold for £162