Seated youth holding an album

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    circa 1540
  • Geography

    Tabriz, Iran
  • Material

    Ink on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (overall): 25 x 18 cm (9 13/16 x 7 1/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Signed by Sayyid Ali (active 1555-1575)
  • Description

    Detached album folio: Seated youth holding an album (safina)
    Border: The drawing is set in a faded red inner frame an outer frame with calligraphic panels in Persian black nasta'liq script, mounted on paperboard with floral motifs.
  • Inscriptions

    Drawing held by the youth: "the slave of his majesty the king, Sayyid-Ali [ibn] Sayyid Muhammad."
  • Provenance

    From at least 1912
    Charles Vignier (1863-1934), Paris, from at least 1912 [1]
    From at least 1913
    Georges Demotte (1877-1923), Paris, from at least 1913 [2]
    To 1942
    Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, to 1942 [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] 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. 408.
    [2] The object is documented as having appeared in the collection of Georges Demotte by at least March 1913. See citation in note 1.
    [3] See Glenn D. Lowry et al., An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), pp. 300-301, no. 350.
    [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
  • Exhibition History

    Le Chant du monde: L'Art de l'Iran safavide, 1501-1736 (October 05, 2007 to January 07, 2008)
    Arts of Mughal India (2004) (August 21, 2004 to February 6, 2005)
    A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (November 20, 1988 to April 30, 1989)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Charles Vignier (1863-1934)
    Georges Demotte (1877-1923)
    Henri Vever (1854-1942)
    Francois Mautin (1907-2003)
  • Origin

    Tabriz, Iran
  • Credit Line

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