Two ladies carry flowers

Detached album folio; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: Two ladies carry flowers; verso: calligraphic panel; two couplets, signed by Ali.
Border: The recto is set in gold rulings surrounded by a black floral scroll on cream-colored paper; the verso is set in gold and black rulings with a green floral and leaf scroll, and a narrow band of red and gold on cream-colored paper.

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Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Mir Ali Haravi
Historical period(s)
19th century
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 38.8 x 25.6 cm (15 1/4 x 10 1/16 in)
Geography
India
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.431
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Type

Detached album folio with painting

Keywords
flower, Henri Vever collection, India, woman, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From at least 1932
Indjoudjian Collection, Paris, from at least 1932 [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 Indjoudjian Collection by at least December 19, 1932. 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. 411.

[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. 350, no. 425.

[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)

Indjoudjian Freres
Henri Vever 1854-1942
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached album folio; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: Two ladies carry flowers; verso: calligraphic panel; two couplets, signed by Ali.
Border: The recto is set in gold rulings surrounded by a black floral scroll on cream-colored paper; the verso is set in gold and black rulings with a green floral and leaf scroll, and a narrow band of red and gold on cream-colored paper.

Inscription(s)

Reverse: The poor sinful Ali

Published References
  • Indjoudjian Freres. Publication title unknown. cat. 65.
  • 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. 425, p. 350.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
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