Composite album folio, calligraphy, standing youth, lady with a cup

Detached album folio: top of the page: calligraphic panel in Arabic black nasta’liq script, signed by Sultan Ali Mashhadi; bottom right: Youth standing, ascribed to Ustad Muhammad Qasim; bottom left: Lady with a cup, ascribed to Sadiqi, bottom page: stamp.
Border: The painting is set in green, gold and black rulings in an inner frame of calligraphy panels, in Persian black nasta’liq script, with golden flowers and a gold outer frame, mounted on a board with gold floral motifs on a blue ground.

Maker(s)
Artist: ascribed to Muhammad Sadiqi (Islamic, died 1610) ascribed to Ustad Muhammad Qasim
Calligrapher: Sultan Ali al-Mashhadi
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, ca. 1590
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 39.7 x 27.6 cm (15 5/8 x 10 7/8 in)
Geography
Iran, Probably Qazwin
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.305
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Type

Detached Album folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, Iran, man, nasta'liq script, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), woman, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From at least 1910
Léonce Rosenberg (1879-1947), Paris, from at least 1910 [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 Léonce Rosenberg by at least July 21, 1910. 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. 306, no. 356.

[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 album folio: top of the page: calligraphic panel in Arabic black nasta'liq script, signed by Sultan Ali Mashhadi; bottom right: Youth standing, ascribed to Ustad Muhammad Qasim; bottom left: Lady with a cup, ascribed to Sadiqi, bottom page: stamp.
Border: The painting is set in green, gold and black rulings in an inner frame of calligraphy panels, in Persian black nasta'liq script, with golden flowers and a gold outer frame, mounted on a board with gold floral motifs on a blue ground.

Inscription(s)

Triangular panel, top right, "written by Sultan Ali Mashhadi."
Bottom right, "master Muhammad Qasim."
Bottom left, "Sadiqi."

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. 356, p. 306.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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