Folio from an album: recto: Pair of Lovers, left-hand half of a double-page

Detached folio: left-hand half of a double-page illumination from the “Vignier Album”; facing folio (S1986.277); Pair of lovers; one of a group of six folios.
Border: The painting is within a central illuminated panel and a broad margin with landscape and scenes of feasting and fighting, mounted on paperboard.

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, ca. 1590-1610
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image): 38.6 x 23.1 cm (15 3/16 x 9 1/8 in)
Geography
Iran, Isfahan
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.278
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Manuscript
Type

Detached album folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, hunter, illumination, Iran, landscape, lovers, percussion instrument, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1908
Charles Vignier (1863-1934), Paris, France. [1]

From 1908 to 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, purchased from Charles Vignier, Paris, France on April 15, 1908. [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 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. See also 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. 407.

[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
Charles Vignier 1863-1934
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached folio: left-hand half of a double-page illumination from the "Vignier Album"; facing folio (S1986.277); Pair of lovers; one of a group of six folios.
Border: The painting is within a central illuminated panel and a broad margin with landscape and scenes of feasting and fighting, mounted on paperboard.

Published References
  • Rene Grousset. The Civilizations of the East. 4 vols., New York and London, 1931-1934. .
  • Gaston Migeon. MIniatures Persanes: Collections Henri Vever et Pozzi., December 6, 1930. .
  • Fredrik Robert Martin. The Miniature Painting and Painters of Persia, India, and Turkey from the 8th to the 18th Century. 2 vols., London. vol. 2: pl. 261.
  • Wilhelm von Bode, Ernst Kuhnel. Vorderasiatische Knüfteppiche aus älterer Zeit. Monographien des Kunstgewerbes Leipzig. pl. 89.
  • Henry René d'Allemagne. Du Khorassan au pays des Backhtiaris, trois mois de voyage en Perse. Paris. vol. 1: p. 24.
  • "Le goût de l'Orient : Georges Marteau collectionneur." The taste of the East: Georges Marteau collector. Exh. cat. Paris, France. pp. 80-81, cat. 55.
  • America's Smithsonian: Celebrating 150 Years. Washington, 1996. p. 87.
  • 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. 323, p.273.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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