Court Art from India, Persia and Turkey
Forge and Lynch - St. James’s, London, 2 Georgian House, 10 Bury Street, United Kingdom
Oct 22, 2020 to Oct 30, 2020
Detail: The exhibition comprises a selection of about forty miniature paintings and works of art, giving a taste of court art in different media. The paintings range in date from the late sixteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. A fine painting from the ‘Third” Akbarnama depicts Sher Shah’s Capture of Rohtasgarh Fort in 1538 A.D., an Afghan adversary of Emperor Humayun who challenged him in gaining territory in Bengal. Ascribed to three known court artists, in palette and design it is an exceptional work. In contrast is an evocative painting by the Mewar court artist Tara, Sarup Singh at target practice in a garden, circa 1855, depicting the Udaipur ruler against a vibrant green ground.
Works of art include three Iznik polychrome tiles, circa 1575, a large 17th century Safavid blue-and-white pottery dish, two eighteenth century ‘Bidri’ huqqa bottles, and a charming bronze Nandi bull from south India. From Qajar Persia are two exceptional works: a fine silver- and gold-inlaid steel bottle similar to one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and a fine steel pen-box inscribed to one of the daughters of the great Fath Ali Shah (r. 1797-1834), Gawhar Khanum, dated 1815-16 A.D
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