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  • Period

    1626 (1035 A.H.)
  • Geography

    Isfahan, Iran
  • Material

    Ink and color on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 47.3 x 33.2 cm (18 5/8 x 13 1/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Ascribed erroneously to Riza Abbasi (ca. 1565-1635)
  • Description

    Detached album leaf; Hunt; an inscription in the center in Persian black nasta'liq script is signed by Reza Abbasi and dated 1035 A.H.
    Boarder: The tinted drawing is set in gold, blue and white rulings with a gold-sprinkled inner frame mounted on gold-sprinkled paperboard.
  • Inscriptions

    In the center: “In the name of God, the first day of the month of auspicious Shawwal, in the year [A.H.] 1035 [A.D. June 26, 1626]. This drawing, [tarh] was colored [abrang]. The work of the humble; Riza Abbasi."
  • Provenance

    Indjoudjian Frères, method of acquisition unknown [1]
    Sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot "Objets d'art proche-orient des grandes époques ... provenant de la collection de Indjoudjian" December 19, 1932, lot 61[2]
    From at least 1938-1942
    Henri Vever (1854-1942), method of acquisition unknown [3]
    Jeanne Louise Monthiers (1861-1947), bequest of Henri Vever [4]
    Francois Mautin (1907-2003), bequest of Jeanne Louise Monthiers and Henri Vever [5]
    From 1986
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery purchased from Francois Mautin [6]
    [1] See note 2. Indjoudjian Frères was an antiquities dealership based in Paris and New York, owned by the Armenian-born brothers Agop (1871-1951) and Meguerditch (1884-1927).
    [2] See Hôtel Drouot "Objets d'art Proche-Orient des grandes époques ... provenant de la collection de Indjoudjian" [auction catalogue] (Paris : December 19, 1932), lot 61. The work is described as « LA CHASSE AUX CANARDS SAUVAGES. Superbe composition au trait, rehaussé de couleurs. On lit au centre : « le premier du mois Chavaal (le mois porte-bonheur), l'an 1035 de l'Hégire, peint en aquarelle par Riza Abassi (en abrégé).... Art persan du XVIIe siècle. » See also marks on back of drawing.
    [3] An accomplished French jeweler and collector, Henri Vever (1854-1942) amassed a large and impressive collection of
    works of art during his lifetime. His holdings in Japanese prints and Islamic arts of the books, especially from Iran and India,
    were among the most important assembled in the early twentieth century.
    Vever owned this work by 1938, when published in Henry Corbin, Rémy Cottevieille-Giraudet, Jean David-Weill, Eustache de Lorey et Georges Salles, "Les Arts de l'Iran, L'Ancienne Perse, & Bagdad" [exhibition catalogue] (Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale, 1938), cat.77. Vever had the work in his collection at the time of his death in 1942.
    [4] Upon Henri Vever's death on September 25, 1942, his wife, Jeanne Louise Monthiers inherited the work. See exhibits F and G of Agreement of Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection, January 9, 1986, copy in object file.
    [5] Upon the death of Jeanne Louise Monthiers, as stipulated in the will of Henri Vever, the family's assets were divided evenly between his two grandchildren. His only grandson, Francois Mautin inherited the collection known as "The Henri Vever Collection of Oriental Art and Manuscripts Including Persian and Indian Art and Manuscripts." This work is part of that collection. See exhibits F and G as cited in note 4.
    [6] The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery purchased the entirety of the collection from Francois Mautin on January 9, 1986. See purchase agreement, copy in object file.
    Research completed May 4, 2022.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Exhibition History

    A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (November 20, 1988 to April 30, 1989)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Francois Mautin (1907-2003)
    Jeanne Louise Monthiers (1861-1947)
    Henri Vever (1854-1942)
    Indjoudjian Freres
    Agop Indjoudjian (1871-1951)
  • Origin

    Isfahan, Iran
  • Credit Line

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

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