A prince and princess embrace

Detached album folio: A prince and princess embrace; three couplets in Persian black nasta’liq script.
Border: The painting is set in gold and black rulings in an inner frame with bird and leaf motifs and an outer frame of gold flower scroll on green ground, mounted on a paperboard with gold floral motifs.

Maker(s)
Artist: signed by Abdullah
Historical period(s)
Uzbek period, ca. 1550
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper.
Dimensions
H x W (image): 16 x 9.2 cm (6 5/16 x 3 5/8 in)
Geography
Uzbekistan, Bukhara
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.301
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Type

Detached Album folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, prince, princess, Uzbek period (1500 - 1598), Uzbekistan, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From at least 1912
Georges Demotte (1877-1923), Paris, from at least 1912 [1]

To 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, to 1942 [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] The object is documented as having appeared in the collection of Georges Demotte by at least September 1912. 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. 409.

[2] 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), p. 312, no. 364.

[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
Georges Demotte 1877 - 1923
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached album folio: A prince and princess embrace; three couplets in Persian black nasta'liq script.
Border: The painting is set in gold and black rulings in an inner frame with bird and leaf motifs and an outer frame of gold flower scroll on green ground, mounted on a paperboard with gold floral motifs.

Inscription(s)

On the left square panel: "painted by Abdullah."

Published References
  • Glenn D. Lowry Susan Nemanzee. A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 63, pp. 190-191.
  • 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. 351, pp. 301-302.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum