Equestrian portrait of Shahjahan (r. 1628-58)

Detached album folio; Shahjahan on horseback.
Border: The painting is set in gold and blue rulings mounted on an illuminated paperboard with quatrefoil and whirling arabesques, birds and floral motifs.

Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, 1750-1770
Movement
Mughal Court
School
Mughal School
Medium
Opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 40.9 x 28.6 cm (16 1/8 x 11 1/4 in)
Geography
India, Rajasthan state
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.415
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Type

Detached album folio

Keywords
angel, Henri Vever collection, horse, India, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), portrait, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To at least 1935
Emile Tabbagh, Paris, France. [1]

1935
Sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, Collection de Monsieur Emile Tabbagh, May 20-21, 1935, no. 149. [2]

From 1935 to 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, purchased at the Sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, Collection de Monsieur Emile Tabbagh, May 21, 1935. [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] The object was in the collection of Emile Tabbagh of New York and Paris, France by 1935 when it was published in the auction catalogue, Collection de M. Emile Tabbagh: Art Oriental. Paris, May 20-21, 1935. 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. 410.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note 1. See also Glenn D. Lowry and Susan Nemazee, A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 35.

[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)

Hotel Drouot
Henri Vever 1854-1942
Emile Tabbagh 1879-80 - 1933
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached album folio; Shahjahan on horseback.
Border: The painting is set in gold and blue rulings mounted on an illuminated paperboard with quatrefoil and whirling arabesques, birds and floral motifs.

Published References
  • Tabbagh Frères. Publication title unknown. cat. 149, p. 24, pl. XIII.
  • 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. 390, pp. 328-329.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
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