Lot 54. A European lady in Indian dress, Deccan, probably Golconda, second half 17th century. Painting 6 7/8 x 3 7/8 ins. (17.6 x 9.8 cm.); folio 15 ¼ x 10 ¾ ins. (38.6 x 27.4 cm.). Estimate USD 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price realised USD 137,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019
Opaque pigments and gold on paper, cream and pink borders, cream leaf, seal impression in lower right corner of Suhrab Khan khanazad Pad Shah Alamgir, verso with a late 17th century portrait of a nobleman.
Provenance: Sir Harrison Oulsnam, former Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Health (1898-1972), sold from his estate, Sotheby's, London, 27 March 1973, lot 28
The Khosrovani-Diba Collection, sold Sotheby's, London, 19 October 2016, lot 14
Note: The style of this elegant portrait is comparable to a number of paintings produced in Golconda 1660-80, characterized by a bolder and more intense use of color. One such portrait of an African courtier (Zebrowski, 1983, p.164) and a portrait of Sayyid Shah Kallimullah Husayni in the David Collection (inv. no. 68/1979) share the vivid background with distinctive flowers in the foreground as in the present painting.
This attribution is supported by the costume of the present figure. Female figures wearing fringe-like décolletage appear in works attributed to a late seventeenth century artist working in Golconda, Rahim Deccani. These include a drawing in the Chester Beatty Library (Leach, 1995, vol.II, no.9.681, p.952) and a lacquered box in the Victoria and Albert Museum (inv. no. 851-1889, Zebrowski, 1983, no.169, pp.202-203).