Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 16th century
Leather (remounted on paperboard) Tooled and block-pressed
H x W: 30.1 x 53.9 cm (11 7/8 x 21 1/4 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Bookbinding cover (doublure)

Henri Vever collection, Iran, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance

Reportedly Indjoudjian Frères, method of acquisition unknown [1]

Sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot "Objets d'art du Proche-Orient des grandes époques ... provenant de la collection de Indjoudjian" December 19, 1932, lot 143 [2]

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 du Proche-Orient des grandes époques ... provenant de la collection de Indjoudjian" [auction catalogue] (Paris: December 19, 1932), lot 143. The work is described as "Grande Reliure de Coran et à décor de rosaces contigües. Perse, XVIe siècle."

[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.

[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

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

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

Published References
  • 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. 472, p. 374.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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