Fragment of a lily tile, Mughal India, 17th century
Red clay ceramic decorated with black lines repeating a lily motif in full bloom of bright orange and blue on a yellow background.
20,4 x 15,8 cm
Small chips, missing edges, restorations.
A fine Mughal fragmentary pottery tile with a lily pattern, Mughal India, 17th century
Provenance: Marie-Christine David Collection.
Marie-Christine David Collection: Lots from 102 to 169
The collection of paintings and objects of art presented here is that of Marie-Christine David (1945-2021), an expert and key figure in the Islamic and Indian art market.
The works included in the catalogue evoke her refined and demanding taste applied to the great diversity of Islamic and Indian art. Marie-Christine David's love of Indian paintings shines through in her collection: each work conveys a message, from the amorous quarrels in the Punjab (lot 126), to the European influence in the paintings of Bundi (lot 113), to the taste of Persia in the Mysore of Tipu Sultan (lot 115). Tiles with floral decoration on a bright yellow background are a celebration of 17th-century Mughal art (lots 102 and 104). Capturing beauty in the finest detail, Marie-Christine David has assembled a very personal, private collection whose elegance gradually reveals itself to the viewer. Works such as the rare Fatimid ceramics from the Fayum (lot 141) or the Nasrid or Mudejar tabletop (lot 165) remind us of the sure taste and curiosity of this true art lover.
A graduate of the École du Louvre, Marie-Christine David completed her training in Oriental art history at the Musée Guimet. In 1970, she took part in the sales of the Jean Pozzi Collection, during which a major collection of Indian paintings was dispersed at the Palais Galliera and the Hôtel Drouot.
In 1973, she joined the Soustiel Gallery at 146 Boulevard Haussmann under the aegis of Joseph and Irène Soustiel. From 1973 to the 1990s, Marie-Christine David collaborated with Jean Soustiel on numerous books and catalogues on Oriental art. She participated in the writing of the essential opus La céramique islamique, Le guide du connaisseur published in 1985 under the direction of Jean Soustiel and presented several exhibitions of paintings whose works have now joined the most prestigious public and private collections.
Marie-Christine David founded the firm MC David Expertises in 2005 and then opened the Oriental art department at Ader where she organises specialised sales that are highly anticipated by the market. An expert known for her rigor, probity and discretion, Marie-Christine David had the confidence of many French and foreign clients whom she accompanied in their journey as collectors. She led her firm MC David Expertises with strength and passion until her death in March 2021.