Darbar Mirza Maharai Lakhpatiji

The setting is a huge, open marble terrace, set bedside a lush arbor-filled garden. A large summer white carpet is patterned with bold flowers in a trellis shape with metal derived lozenge-shaped images interspersed. The Kutch retinue of nobles sits on this carpet on the left side, while the Nagaur visitors sit on the right side. The chief Mahant of Kutch, dressed in salmon robes, joins the left side assembly. A multi-floral burgundy-based smaller carpet has been placed on top of this white carpet, and a smaller still yellow cotton dhurrie sits on top of the burgundy carpet. It is upon this that the two royals are seated against burgundy bolsters. A hexagonal shaminana, boldly designed with gold floral designs on red velvet, shelters them from the sun.

Historical period(s)
1750
School
Nagaur school
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 48.3 × 68 cm (19 × 26 3/4 in) H x W (framed): 68.6 × 88.9 cm (27 × 35 in)
Geography
India, Rajasthan state, Nagaur
Credit Line
Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2018.1.59
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Painting

Keywords
courtier, fan, India, man, portrait, Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection, ruler
Provenance

From at least 1977
Fuest, Heidelberg [1]

From at least 1983
Dr. and Mr. O.C. Kirsch, Heidelberg [2]

2004
Sale, London, Francesca Galloway, Indian Miniatures and Works of Art, autumn 2004, lot 7: “Meeting between Lakhpatji & Bakhat Singh” [3]

From 2004 to 2018
Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, purchased at auction, “Indian Miniatures and Works of Art,” Francesca Galloway, London, lot no. 7, “Meeting between Lakhpatji & Bakhat Singh” in July 2004 [4]

From 2018
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim [5]

Notes:

[1] According to B.N. Goswamy, he saw the painting in a Heidelberg gallery in 1977. The gallery was called Fuest, and was owned by Mr. Fuest. Later Mr. Fuest closed the gallery and moved to either Australia or New Zealand.

[2] According to Goswamy, B.N. and A. Dallapiccola, A Place Apart: Painting in Kutch 1720-1820, (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1983), pp. 75, plate VI.

[3] See auction catalogue from the sale in London. Francesca Galloway, Indian Miniatures and Works of Art, autumn 2004, lot 7: “Meeting between Lakhpatji & Bakhat Singh.”

[4] See note 3.

[5] See Acquisition Consideration Form, object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Francesca Galloway
Dr. and Mrs. O. C. Kirsch
Fuest
Catherine Glynn Benkaim

Description

The setting is a huge, open marble terrace, set bedside a lush arbor-filled garden. A large summer white carpet is patterned with bold flowers in a trellis shape with metal derived lozenge-shaped images interspersed. The Kutch retinue of nobles sits on this carpet on the left side, while the Nagaur visitors sit on the right side. The chief Mahant of Kutch, dressed in salmon robes, joins the left side assembly. A multi-floral burgundy-based smaller carpet has been placed on top of this white carpet, and a smaller still yellow cotton dhurrie sits on top of the burgundy carpet. It is upon this that the two royals are seated against burgundy bolsters. A hexagonal shaminana, boldly designed with gold floral designs on red velvet, shelters them from the sun.

Inscription(s)

Verso in mixed Gujarati and Devanagari: Bakhat Singhji, Rao Shri Lakhpatji, Rao Shri

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
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