Two women carrying a tea service

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    15th century
  • Geography

    Historic Iran, present-day Afghanistan
  • Material

    Ink, color, and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (overall): 19.5 x 15.8 cm (7 11/16 x 6 1/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Previous custodian or owner

    Charles Vignier (1863-1934)
    Mme. Blair
    Kirkor Minassian (1874-1944)
  • Provenance

    By at least 1912-1913
    Charles Vignier (1863-1934), method of acquisition unknown [1]
    By 1913-?
    Mme. Blair, method of acquisition unknown [2]
    About 1913-1938?
    The object’s ownership and whereabouts are unknown
    ?-at least 1938
    Kirkor Minassian (1874-1944), method of acquisition unknown [3]
    From 1938
    The Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Kirkor Minassian, New York [4]
    [1] See F.R. Martin, “The Miniature Painting and Painters of Persia, India, and Turkey from the 8th to the 18th Century [book] (London: Bernard Quaritch, Sr., 1912), vol. 2, p. 2, pl. 33.
    [2] See G. Marteau and H. Vever, “Miniatures Persanes: tirées des collections de MM. Henry d’Allemagne, Claude Anet, Henri Aubry…et Exposées au Musée des Décoratifs, Juin-Octobre 1912” [book] (Paris: Bibliothèque d’art et d’archéologie, 1913), pl. L. The collector is identified as “Mme. Blair” only, with no other biographical information. It is possible Mme. Blair acquired the object directly from Charles Vignier, or through a sale at Hôtel Drouot.
    [3] See May 3, 1938 Freer Gallery of Art letter acknowledging loan of objects from Kirkor Minassian for examination, including F1938.14, in object file. . Kirkor Minassian was a collector and dealer in Islamic and Near Eastern antiquities, with galleries in New York and Paris.
    [4] See object file for copy of Kirkor Minassian invoice to Freer Gallery of Art, dated June 21, 1938, and marked approved on June 20, 1938.
    Research updated February 8, 2023
  • Origin

    Historic Iran, present-day Afghanistan
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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