Hunt

Detached album folio; Hunt; an inscription in the center in Persian black nasta’liq script is signed by Reza Abbasi and dated 1035 A.H.
Boarder: The tinted drawing is set in gold, blue and white rulings with a gold-sprinkled inner frame mounted on gold-sprinkled paperboard.

Maker(s)
Artist: Ascribed erroneously to Riza Abbasi (ca. 1565-1635)
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 1626 (1035 A.H.)
Medium
Ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 47.3 x 33.2 cm (18 5/8 x 13 1/16 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
S1986.314
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Drawing
Type

Detached Album folio

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

?-1932
Indjoudjian Frères, method of acquisition unknown [1]

1932
Sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot "Objets d'art proche-orient des grandes époques ... provenant de la collection de Indjoudjian" December 19, 1932, lot 61[2]

From at least 1938-1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), method of acquisition unknown [3]

1942-1947
Jeanne Louise Monthiers (1861-1947), bequest of Henri Vever [4]

1947-1986
Francois Mautin (1907-2003), bequest of Jeanne Louise Monthiers and Henri Vever [5]

From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery purchased from Francois Mautin [6]

Notes:

[1] See note 2. Indjoudjian Frères was an antiquities dealership based in Paris and New York, owned by the Armenian-born brothers Agop (1871-1951) and Meguerditch (1884-1927).

[2] See Hôtel Drouot "Objets d'art Proche-Orient des grandes époques ... provenant de la collection de Indjoudjian" [auction catalogue] (Paris : December 19, 1932), lot 61. The work is described as « LA CHASSE AUX CANARDS SAUVAGES. Superbe composition au trait, rehaussé de couleurs. On lit au centre : « le premier du mois Chavaal (le mois porte-bonheur), l'an 1035 de l'Hégire, peint en aquarelle par Riza Abassi (en abrégé).... Art persan du XVIIe siècle. » See also marks on back of drawing.

[3] An accomplished French jeweler and collector, Henri Vever (1854-1942) amassed a large and impressive collection of works of art during his lifetime. His holdings in Japanese prints and Islamic arts of the books, especially from Iran and India, were among the most important assembled in the early twentieth century.

Vever owned this work by 1938, when published in Henry Corbin, Rémy Cottevieille-Giraudet, Jean David-Weill, Eustache de Lorey et Georges Salles, "Les Arts de l'Iran, L'Ancienne Perse, & Bagdad" [exhibition catalogue] (Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale, 1938), cat.77. Vever had the work in his collection at the time of his death in 1942.

[4] Upon Henri Vever's death on September 25, 1942, his wife, Jeanne Louise Monthiers inherited the work. See exhibits F and G of Agreement of Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection, January 9, 1986, copy in object file.

[5] Upon the death of Jeanne Louise Monthiers, as stipulated in the will of Henri Vever, the family's assets were divided evenly between his two grandchildren. His only grandson, Francois Mautin inherited the collection known as "The Henri Vever Collection of Oriental Art and Manuscripts Including Persian and Indian Art and Manuscripts." This work is part of that collection. See exhibits F and G as cited in note 4.

[6] The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery purchased the entirety of the collection from Francois Mautin on January 9, 1986. See purchase agreement, copy in object file.

Research completed May 4, 2022.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Indjoudjian Freres
Henri Vever 1854-1942
Jeanne Louise Monthiers 1861 - 1947
Agop Indjoudjian 1871 - 1951
Francois Mautin 1907 - 2003

Description

Detached album folio; Hunt; an inscription in the center in Persian black nasta'liq script is signed by Reza Abbasi and dated 1035 A.H.
Boarder: The tinted drawing is set in gold, blue and white rulings with a gold-sprinkled inner frame mounted on gold-sprinkled paperboard.

Inscription(s)

In the center: “In the name of God, the first day of the month of auspicious Shawwal, in the year [A.H.] 1035 [A.D. June 26, 1626]. This drawing, [tarh] was colored [abrang]. The work of the humble; Riza Abbasi."

Published References
  • Indjoudjian Freres. Publication title unknown. cat. 61.
  • Henry Corbin, Paul Pelliot, Eustache de Lorey. Les Arts de l'Iran, l'ancienne Perse, et Bagdad. Paris. cat. 77, pp. 165-166.
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Susan Nemanzee. A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 62, pp. 188-189.
  • Oleg Grabar. Masterpieces of Islamic Art: The Decorated Page from the 8th to the 17th Century., English ed. New York. p. 194, fig. 88.
  • 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. 414, pp. 344-345.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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