INDIA | COMPANY

Sayyid Hussein Ali (Firoz Jang)
India, Patna, Company School 
c. 1820
Opaque watercolors on paper

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Sayyid Hussein Ali (Firoz Jang)
India, Patna, Company School 
c. 1820
Opaque watercolors on paper 
9 1/8 x 11 3/4 in. (23.15 x 29.85 cm.)

Provenance: 
A local Persian rug dealer in the 1990’s

Seated on a cushioned wicker chair, smoking the huqqa pipe held in his left hand and the right hand in a gesture of conversation, he is attended by a guard standing behind him with morchal in his right hand. He is conversing with his four subordinates, seated on the right side and listening to him attentively.

Askand Plant
India, Company School
c. 19th century
Gouache heightened with gold on prepared paper

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Askand Plant
India, Company School
c. 19th century
Gouache heightened with gold on prepared paper

This painting is a wonderful example of the work that was produced during the Company Period. The style blended traditional Indian painting with Western influence to appeal to European sensibilities, typically commissioned by patrons who worked for the various East India companies from the early 18th to 19th centuries. The delicate flowers and highly detailed leaves of this Askand Plant were likely created for Europeans to know of the bountiful beauties that the natural world of India retains.