From at least 1932
M. H. Sevadjian. 
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France. 
From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. 
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. 
 The object is documented to have appeared in the collection of M. H. Sevadjian by at least April 13, 1932. 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. 398.
 See note 1.
 See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.
 See note 3.
- Previous Owner(s)
Henri Vever 1854-1942
Francois Mautin French, born 1907
During the Safavid period, many bookbindings were also decorated on the interior surface. Known as the doublure, this elegant example is inscribed with six lines that refer to the art of writing:
Ink was brought from the soot of the night,
Paper from the luminous morning.
The seven globes of the universe turn at the foot of
your calligraphy by Divine grace.
O Lord, what can the pen of your might do?
Calligraphy worthy of sovereignty.
- Published References
- H. Sevadjian. Publication title unknown. cat. 82, p. 22, pl. XIII.
- Sheila R. Canby. Shah 'Abbas: The Remaking of Iran. Exh. cat. London, February 19 - June 14, 2009. cat. 46, pp. 82-83.
- Glenn D. Lowry, Susan Nemanzee. A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 75, pp. 216-217.
- Glenn D. Lowry, Milo Cleveland Beach, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Susan Nemanzee, Janet Snyder. An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 474, pp. 376-377.
- Collection Area(s)
- Arts of the Islamic World
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