Sotheby’s to present Islamic arts exhibition in Qatar

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Sotheby’s is set to display 23 precious objects representing the artistic traditions of the Islamic world in Qatar from Sept. 12 to 14, reported Arabian Business on Wednesday.

The pieces to be shown in Doha have been chosen from a total collection of 281 items. They are to be put on display as part of the “Arts of Islamic World” and “Art of Imperial India” auction that will take place in Sotheby’s in London on Oct. 9.

Highlights of the exhibition in Qatar include a solid gold diamond-set enameled pandan box and tray dating from the 18th century, estimated at $313,000-$470,000, reported Arabian Business.

A portrait of Persian military officer Rustam Khan Zand, circa 1779, is also on show.

The exceptional portrait is unusual and rare. It is a portrayal of the classic Persian ideal of youthful masculine beauty, according to Arabian Business.

The 148cm by 89cm oil on canvas is estimated at $470,000 - $783,500.

Another highlight is the painting “The Fall of Constantinople,” a scene of the city falling ot the Ottoman army under Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror.

It is said to be from the late 15th to early 16th Century and is estimated at $282,000 – $345,000.

Other prominent pieces include a gold and diamond enameled “sarpech” (turban brooch), which is estimated at $54,800-$70,500, and a Mughal Jade gold and gem embellished dagger estimated at $31,000-$39,000.

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