www.IndianMiniaturePaintings.co.uk - Princess sitting at a window, a gold-hemmed sheer dupatta over her head and shoulders, wearing necklaces and earrrings of large pearls with ruby, in one hand a delicate flower held toward her nose, with two fine embroidered textiles of the same floral design one as a blind rolled up above her the other draped over the window ledge. Mughal at Awadh, circa early 18th century. Opaque watercolour with gold on wasli pasted onto plain light reddish-brown borders. Folio 21.6 x 14.1cm

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Princess sitting at a window, behind her a flat pane of grey, a gold-hemmed sheer dupatta over her head and shoulders, wearing necklaces and earrings of large pearls with ruby, in one hand a delicate flower held toward her nose, with two fine embroidered textiles of the same floral design one as a blind rolled up above her the other draped over the window ledge. Mughal at Awadh, circa 1730. Opaque watercolour with gold on wasli pasted onto plain light reddish-brown borders. Folio 21.6 x 14.1cm; picture 13.4 x 7.6cm.

Comparatives:

Christie's: Important Indian Miniatures and Paintings, New York, May 25th 1978, lot 105, Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, 'Mughal, circa 1700. 10.5 x 7.5cm'. The picture on plain flat white background with comparable window and textiles.

San Diego Museum,Portrait of Muhammad Shah by Nidha Mal, circa 1730, 12.4 x 8.5cm, Binney Collection, Acc. no. 1990.376. Shares the same grey flat-planed interior, design of hanging blind and window-ledge drape, with the emperor wearing similarly large pearl jewellery.

Indian Miniatures in the India Office Library, Falk T and archer, M, Sotheby Parke Bernet, London, 1981, cat. 161. Muhammad Shah, 'Style of Chittarman, Mughal, c1720-30...168 x 118mm'. White background, flat grey interior, blind similar.

 

Ref. code 000238

 

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Above:highly burnisghed fine gilt detail reflecting light

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