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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Gujarat state, India
  • Material

    Lacquered wood, mother-of-pearl, and silver
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 30.9 x 40.8 x 24.8 cm (12 3/16 x 16 1/16 x 9 3/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • School/Tradition

    Mughal School
  • Provenance

    Unidentified owner, Belgium, method of acquisition unknown [1]
    Ader Picard Tajan (Lucien Arcache), Paris, France, acquired from unidentified owner, Belgium [2]
    Sale, Paris, Ader Picard Tajan, “Art Islamique,” March 9, 1987, lot 210 [3]
    John Lawrence Fine Arts, Inc. (John Robert Alderman), London, England, purchased from the “Art Islamique” Sale in Paris, France [4]
    From 1988
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from John Lawrence Fine Arts, Inc. [5]
    [1] See letter from Lucien Arcache to Glenn Lowery, dated December 4, 1987, and written on “Lucien Arcache [/] Expert près les Douanes Françaises [/] 39 Rue Dumont d’Urville [/] 75116 Paris” letterhead, copy in object file.
    In the letter, Lucien Arcache, an independent expert working for Ader Picard Tajan, tells Lowery, “Suite à nos récentes conversations téléphoniques, je vous remets ci-joint le Catalogue de la Vente d'Art Islamique et Orientalisme du Lundi 9 Mars 1987, dans laquelle le Coffret Gujerati a été vendu sous le Numéro 210. [//] Je vous confirme que ce coffret nous est parvenu de de Belgique ou il semble y avoir réside depuis longtemps, avant d’être propose pour sa vente á l’étude ADER PICARD TAJAN à Paris, en l’année 1986 ou il est resté quelques mois, avant que nous soyons convaincus de sa rareté.”
    Ader Picard Tajan was an auction company in Paris, France and specialized in Islamic art. In the 1990s, Ader Picard Tajan split into three separate auction companies: Ader; Picard; and Tajan. Their independent expert, Lucien Arcache, specialized in Islamic and Asian art.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See note 1. See also Ader Picard Tajan and Lucien Arcache, “Art Islamique: Vente a` Paris, Nouveau Drouot, 9 Mars 1987” [auction catalogue], (Paris, France: March 9, 1987), lot 210 (illustrated).
    [4] See letter from Mark Zebrowski to Dr. Glenn Lowry, Curator Near Eastern Art, dated May 21, 1987, copy in object file. In the letter, Zebrowski offers to sell the box to the museum. See also letter from John Robert Alderman to Dr. Glenn Lowry, June 8, 1987, original letter in object file. In the letter, Alderman says, “I acquired the object on the continent.” Alderman’s name varies in the letter between him and the museum, these variations include John R. Alderman, Robert Alderman, and Bob Alderman. American dealers and collectors, Mark Zebrowski (1945-1999) and John Robert Alderman opened John Lawrence Fine Arts, Inc., a London gallery specializing in the sale of Indian and Islamic art.
    [5] See John Lawrence Fine Arts, Inc. invoice, dated October 30, 1987, copy in object file. On the invoice, John R. Alderman transfers title to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, but object is not accessioned until January 1988.
    Research Completed October 26, 2022
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    East of Eden: Gardens in Asian Art (February 24 to May 13, 2007)
    Mother-of-Pearl: A Tradition in Asian Lacquer (December 2, 2006 to April 1, 2007)
    Arts of Mughal India (2004) (August 21, 2004 to February 6, 2005)
    Arts of Mughal India (1992) (May 24 to December 6, 1992)
    Art of India: Painting and Decorative Objects (July 30, 1988 to July 9, 1989)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Ader Picard Tajan
    John Lawrence Fine Arts, Inc.
  • Origin

    Gujarat state, India
  • Credit Line

    Purchase - Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Fund
  • Type

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