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Islamic & Indian Art

 
  Lot 231
 

TWO DANCING LADIES UNDER PALM TREES
Nathdwara, Rajasthan, North-Western India, late 18th century

TWO DANCING LADIES UNDER PALM TREES
Nathdwara, Rajasthan, North-Western India, late 18th century

Opaque pigments and gold on paper, the fragmentary vertical composition depicting two richly dressed and heavily bejewelled ladies, possibly courtly dancers, raising one arm each and holding hands, the latter arm pointing downward with their palms facing upward in a typical group dance move, each lady dressed in the typical Rajasthani attire featuring gold-embroidered floral ghagharas (long skirts) and short cholis (tops), both dancers wearing a long ceremonial floral garland, several strands of pearl necklaces, and gold jewellery on the forehead and ears, each one standing next to a green lush palm tree, the cobalt blue sky lit by gold dots and stars suggesting a night setting, the legs and feet of the first dancer to the right covered partially by a long gold and burgundy shawl, part of the rest of the composition now missing, and a large white bolster on the floor, the scene set within thin red and gold rules, mounted, glazed and framed, 11.8cm x 6.8cm excluding the frame.

Provenance: Purchased by the current owner at Alexis Renard Gallery in Paris, France, and featured in the Gallery catalogue, 2013, p. 22, fig. 16.

Sold for £1,375

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