Seated youth holding an album

Detached album folio: Seated youth holding an album (safina)
Border: The drawing is set in a faded red inner frame an outer frame with calligraphic panels in Persian black nasta’liq script, mounted on paperboard with floral motifs.

Maker(s)
Artist: signed by Sayyid Ali
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, circa 1540
Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 25 x 18 cm (9 13/16 x 7 1/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Tabriz
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.291
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Drawing
Type

Detached album folio

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

From at least 1912
Charles Vignier (1863-1934), Paris, from at least 1912 [1]

From at least 1913
Georges Demotte (1877-1923), Paris, from at least 1913 [2]

To 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, to 1942 [3]

From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France [4]

From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France [5]

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. 408.

[2] The object is documented as having appeared in the collection of Georges Demotte by at least March 1913. See citation in note 1.

[3] See Glenn D. Lowry et al., An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), pp. 300-301, no. 350.

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

[5] See note 4.

Previous Owner(s)

Henri Vever 1854-1942
Charles Vignier 1863-1934
Georges Demotte 1877-1923
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached album folio: Seated youth holding an album (safina)
Border: The drawing is set in a faded red inner frame an outer frame with calligraphic panels in Persian black nasta'liq script, mounted on paperboard with floral motifs.

Inscription(s)

Drawing held by the youth: "the slave of his majesty the king, Sayyid-Ali [ibn] Sayyid Muhammad."

Published References
  • 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. 107.
  • Martin Bernard Dickson, Stuart Cary Welch. The Houghton Shahnameh. 2 vols., Cambridge, Massachusetts. vol. 1: p. 189, fig. 246.
  • Thomas W. Lentz. Pictures for the Islamic Book: Persian and Indian Painting in the Vever Collection. vol. 1, no. 4 New York, Fall 1988. pp. 26, 30, fig. 12.
  • Oleg Grabar. Masterpieces of Islamic Art: The Decorated Page from the 8th to the 17th Century., English edition. New York. p. 132, pl. 60.
  • Henry Corbin, Paul Pelliot, Eustache de Lorey. Les Arts de l'Iran, l'ancienne Perse, et Bagdad. Paris. cat. 68, p. 163.
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Susan Nemanzee. A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 64, pp. 192-193.
  • Abolala Soudavar, Milo Cleveland Beach. Art of the Persian Court: Selections from the Art and History Trust Collection. New York. cat. 47, p. 199.
  • Assadullah Souren Melikian-Chirvani. Le Chant du Monde: L'Art de l'Iran safavide, 1501-1736. Exh. cat. Paris. cat. 39, pp. 220-224.
  • 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. 350, pp. 300-301.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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