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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Europe

  • Catalogue Essay

    Charles Hossein Zenderoudi is one of Iran’s most accomplished modern artists. An instrumental figurehead of Iranian neo-traditionalism, Zenderoudi founded the highly influential Saqqa-Khaneh movement, whose aim was to take Iran’s urban Shi’ite aesthetic and elevate it into a coherent art form. Fascinated by the vibrant votive art which punctuates the Iranian urban landscape, Zenderoudi draws inspiration from Mosque architecture, Shi’ite shrines and sacred artefacts.  He compounds these elements into intricate and colourful compositions which faithfully relate the extroversion of Iran’s religious imagery.
     In the present piece, we see a rare example of Zenderoudi’s work, in which he depicts numeral calligraphy (used by Sufi mystics to form ritual talismans) rendered alongside polychromatic abstract scribbles, which are meant to resemble the colourful cloth offerings found at saintly tombs and roadside Shrines. The current painting is commensurate with a group of works exhibited at the Musee Bossuet in Paris in 1988, and serves as an example which contains all the cardinal hallmarks of Zenderoudi’s masterful oeuvre.

55

Untitled

1978
Ink and coloured pencil on paper.
60 x 48 cm. (23 5/8 x 18 7/8 in).
Signed and dated 'Zenderoudi 78' lower right.

Estimate
£25,000 - 35,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

18 Oct 2008 2pm
London