Folio from an unidentified text; A ruler in a garden pavilion surrounded by courtiers and attendants

Detached folio from a dispersed manuscript; A ruler in a garden pavilion surrounded by courtiers and attendants; part of a double-page composition with no facing folio.
Border: The painting is set in an inner frame with gold, red and green floral scroll and a lapis and gold outer frame with quatrefoil and floral motifs, mounted on paperboard.

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, circa 1580
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 47.8 x 33.2 cm (18 13/16 x 13 1/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Shiraz
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.229
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
garden, Henri Vever collection, illumination, Iran, pavilion, ruler, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1909
Léonce Rosenberg (1879-1947), Paris, France. [1]

From 1909 to 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, purchased from Léonce Rosenberg, Paris, France on December 21, 1909. [2]

From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. [3]

From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. [4]

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. 406. See also Glen D. Lowry and Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 2: Ledger of Acquisitions, 1894 and 1907-17" in A Jeweler’s Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 229.

[2] See note 1.

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

[4] See note 3.

Previous Owner(s)

Henri Vever 1854-1942
Léonce Rosenberg 1879-1947
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed manuscript; A ruler in a garden pavilion surrounded by courtiers and attendants; part of a double-page composition with no facing folio.
Border: The painting is set in an inner frame with gold, red and green floral scroll and a lapis and gold outer frame with quatrefoil and floral motifs, mounted on paperboard.

Published References
  • Rene Grousset. The Civilizations of the East. 4 vols., New York and London, 1931-1934. vol. 1: p. 342, fig. 261.
  • 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. 309, p. 264.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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