Seated youth in green robe

Album folio: Seated youth in green robe; top page inscription in Persian black nasta’liq script, faint traces of the same inscription along the left border.
Border: The painting is set in gold, green and blue rulings in a series of illuminated frames, mounted on paperboard with floral motifs.

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, ca. 1600-1610
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 34.6 x 21.9 cm (13 5/8 x 8 5/8 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
S1986.306
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Type

Detached album folio

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

From at least 1910
Charles Vignier (1863-1934), 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 Charles Vignier by at least February 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. 312, no. 363.

[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

Album folio: Seated youth in green robe; top page inscription in Persian black nasta'liq script, faint traces of the same inscription along the left border.
Border: The painting is set in gold, green and blue rulings in a series of illuminated frames, mounted on paperboard with floral motifs.

Inscription(s)

Top page, "a youth seated, drunk and inebriated."

Published References
  • Rene Grousset. The Civilizations of the East. 4 vols., New York and London, 1931-1934. vol. 1: p. 370, fig. 280.
  • 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. 363, p. 312.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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