Dome of the Rock model may see $461,000 with Sotheby's



2015-06-26 13:14:09

Dome of the Rock model may see $461,000 with Sotheby's

A model of the Dome of the Rock, one of the most sacred site in Islam, headlines Islamic arts

Sotheby's Arts of the Islamic World auction on April 24 in London will feature a unique model of the Dome of the Rock, one of the most sacred sites in Islam.

Dome of the Rock model Islam The Dome of the Rock houses the Foundation Stone at its heart

The intricate model is expected to sell for 250,000-300,000 ($394,000- 460,800). The Dome of the Rock, built by the Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik in AD 691,is found on Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem.

In total, the sale is expected to achieve in excess of 6.9m ($10.5m), with Sotheby's describing its consignments as "one of the strongest ever offerings spanning 13 centuries of Islamic history".

According to the auction house, many of the works are of museum quality and have never been seen at auction before, such as an extremely rare album of Persian miniatures and calligraphy from the 16th-19th centuries, which holds a 50,000-70,000 ($76,800-107,520) estimate.

Also starring is a majestic ivory inlaid Indo-Portuguese cabinet that originates from late 17th century Goa. Having passed through the hands of three of Europe's most important royal houses, Braganza, Saxe-Coburg and Hohenzollern, the piece was likely a special commission for the Portuguese royal family. It is estimated at 200,000-300,000 ($307,200-460,800).

Sharing this estimate is a large and important album of watercolours featuring costumes, craftsmen, trades, processions and dignitaries, commissioned by an East India Company official living in Vellore in the 1830s. Providing a brilliant insight into Indian culture of the time, the piece is unusual for both its size and content, with an image of the artist and a picture of the patron's home included.

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