Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); Khusraw Parviz seated on the Takht-i Taqdis

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi, Khusraw Parviz seated on the Takht-i taqdis; one of a group of three folios.
The painting was cut from the text and mounted on a board.

Historical period(s)
Delhi Sultanate period, ca. 1425-1450
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 15.3 x 17.9 cm (6 x 7 1/16 in)
Geography
India
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.145
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Delhi Sultanate (1206 - 1526), Henri Vever collection, India, Khusraw Parviz, Shahnama, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

1912
Arthur Sambon (1867-1947), Paris, France. [1]

From at least 1913
Léonce Rosenberg (1879-1947), Paris, France. [2]

To at least 1931
Octave Homberg, Paris, France. [3]

1931
Sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, Collection de Octave Homberg, 3-5 June, 1931, no. 102. [4]

To 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France. [5]

From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. [6]

From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. [7]

Notes:

[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. 404. According to the publication, it was an ex-collection of Arthur Sambon. See Ricci, Seymour de, Catalogue d’une Collection de Miniatures Gothiques et Persanes Appartenant à Léonce Rosenberg (Paris: Montassier et Odend’hal, 1913), p. 42, no. 136.

[2] At the time of the publication of Ricci, Seymour de, Catalogue d’une Collection de Miniatures Gothiques et Persanes Appartenant à Léonce Rosenberg (Paris: Montassier et Odend’hal, 1913), the manuscript folio was in the collection of Léonce Rosenburg.

[3] 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. 404.

[4] See auction catalogue from Galerie Georges Petit, Catalogue des tableaux anciens, objets d'art et de haute curiosité européens et orientaux, objets d'extrême-Orient, meubles et sièges, sculptures et bronzes du XVIIIe siècle, composant la collection de Octave Homberg, no. 102, p. 51.

[5] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.

[6] See note 5.

[7] See note 5.

Previous Owner(s)

Octave Homberg
Henri Vever 1854 - 1942
Arthur Sambon 1867 - 1947
Léonce Rosenberg 1879 - 1947
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi, Khusraw Parviz seated on the Takht-i taqdis; one of a group of three folios.
The painting was cut from the text and mounted on a board.

Inscription(s)
Published References
  • Octave Homberg. Publication title unknown. cat. 102, p. 51.
  • B. W. Robinson. Fifteenth-Century Persian Painting: Problems and Issues. Hagop Kevorkian Series on Near Eastern Art and Civilization New York. pp. 64-65, fig. 19.
  • 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. 93, p. 81-82.
  • Glenn D. Lowry Susan Nemanzee. A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 16, p. 94-95.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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