(Persia Digest) – In its latest auction to take place in less than twenty days in London, Christie’s will be selling a collection of Islamic and Indian art, including the famous “Seated youth” by Reza Abbasi.

Reza Abbasi is known as one of the most famous painters of the Safavid era. His work the “Seated youth” will be auctioned on 25 October 2018 in London, at the Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets auction.

A total of 358 works will be open to bidding. Iranian artists are strongly represented here with 103 works.

The “Seated youth” is estimated to go for a price of between USD 129 thousand and USD 194 thousand. It is fourth on the list of the most expensive works.


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Among works of Iranian origin, a copy of the Quran from the Safavid period (end of 16th century) is the second most expensive item at the auction, estimated to go for USD 155 thousand to USD 232 thousand.

Reza Abbasi was born circa 1565 CE. It is believed that he worked as a prominent painter to the end in the Shah Abbas I court riddled with adventures. Apart from his skill and expertise in the arts, Reza Abbasi was also a strong diplomatic figure.


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During the years he spent away from the court, he drew paintings reflecting his life and environs, such as paintings about the daily lives of men or dervishes. This had totally changed his style of work by the time he returned to the court. The “Seated youth” is a piece of work from his second period of works at the court, created at a time when he was probably not so interested in the razzmatazz of court life. In addition to have many fans, this is one of the most romantic Iranian paintings up for bidding at the auction.

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