Lot 8 (Islamic & Indian Art, 22nd April 2020)
A COURTLY BANQUET IN A GARDEN
PROPERTY OF THE LATE BRUNO CARUSO (1927 - 2018) COLLECTION
Possibly Provincial School Shiraz, late Safavid Iran, 18th century
Opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, the vertical composition depicting a courtly banquet en plein air, the front row of attendants bringing several trays of goods into the scene, in the second row a young naked boy getting shouted at by a military man wearing a purple coat, the prince sitting under a canopy eating fresh fruits, cypress trees in the background, at the top 6ll. of black ink nasta'liq poetic quatrains extracted from Sonnet 467 by Amir Khosrow Dihlawi, within orange, blue, golden and black rules, pasted onto a later, possibly modern, border decorated with trees, birds, gazelles, herons and other vegetal motifs against a peachy-coloured ground, 32cm x 20.5cm.
Sold for £688