Historical period(s)
18th century
Medium
Papier-mâché, gold, and lacquer
Dimensions
H x W: 24.6 x 31.4 cm (9 11/16 x 12 3/8 in)
Geography
Probably Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.24
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Book
Type

Bookbinding

Keywords
flower, Henri Vever collection, Iran, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

?-1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), method of acquisition unknown [1]

1942-1947
Jeanne Louise Monthiers (1861-1947), bequest of Henri Vever [2]

1947-1986
Francois Mautin (1907-2003), bequest of Jeanne Louise Monthiers and Henri Vever [3]

From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery purchased from Francois Mautin [4]

Notes:

[1] 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. This object was in Vever's collection at the time of his death in 1942.

[2] Upon Henri Vever's death on September 25, 1942, his wife, Jeanne Louise Monthiers inherited the object. See exhibits F and G of Agreement of Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection, January 9, 1986, copy in object file.

[3] 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 object is part of that collection. See exhibits F and G as cited in note 2.

[4] The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery purchased the collection from Francois Mautin on January 9, 1986. See purchase agreement, copy in object file.

Research completed on April 21, 2022.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Henri Vever 1854-1942
Jeanne Louise Monthiers 1861 - 1947
Francois Mautin 1907 - 2003

Label

This binding is embellished with an intricate design of stylized cloud and floral motifs, recalling the illumination framing the central figures in Young Female and Young Male in the adjacent gallery. The decoration suggests how painters, illuminators, and bookbinders often drew on some of the same figural and abstract motifs to accentuate the visual unity of a manuscript or album.

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. 480, pp. 378-379.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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