A ruler enthroned

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    Painting ca. 1590; illumination ca. 1880
  • Geography

    Khurasan?, Iran
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (painting): 16.9 × 11 cm (6 5/8 × 4 5/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Detached folio from an unidentified text: A ruler enthroned; top page inscription in Persian black nasta'liq script.
    Border: The painting is set in gold and red rulings in an outer frame with gold and blue floral and geometric motifs; mounted on black paperboard.
  • Inscriptions

    Top right, “He (God) gave success, delight, and created invincible heroes."
  • Provenance

    To 1911
    Alexis Rouart (1839-1911), Paris, France. [1]
    Sale, Paris, Ho^tel Drouot, May 12, 1911, no. 73. [2]
    From 1911 to 1942
    Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, purchased at a Sale of Rouart’s collection at Ho^tel Drouot on May 12, 1911. [3]
    From 1942 to 1986
    Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. [4]
    From 1986
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. [5]
    [1] The object was in the collection of Alexis Rouart (1893-1911) until 1911 when it was on sale at the auction at Hôtel Drout, Paris, France on May 12-13, 1911, see Rouart sale catalogue, May 12, 1911, no. 73. See Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 406.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] According to Henri Vever’s ledger, he purchased the object on May 12, 1911. See Glen D. Lowry and Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 2: Ledger of Acquisitions, 1894 and 1907-17" in A Jeweler’s Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 231. See also note 1.
    [4] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.
    [5] See note 4.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Henri Vever (1854-1942)
    Hotel Drouot
    Alexis Rouart (French, 1839-1911)
    Francois Mautin (1907-2003)
  • Origin

    Khurasan?, Iran
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
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