• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 154

    A QAJAR GOLD DAMASCENED CUT STEEL MIRROR

    QAJAR IRAN, PERIOD OF MUHAMMAD 'ALI SHAH (R. 1907-1909)

    Price Realised  

    A QAJAR GOLD DAMASCENED CUT STEEL MIRROR
    QAJAR IRAN, PERIOD OF MUHAMMAD 'ALI SHAH (R. 1907-1909)
    Of rectangular form with hinged door, supported on a heavy wood stand with trefoil palmette screws, the pierced door laid on a red metallic panel and decorated with a central cusped medallion containing cut scrolls and gold nasta'liq inscription, an acid etched and damascened surround with floral and avian motifs, the spandrels similarly cut with elegant gold damascened arabesques, the base with a series of calligraphic cartouches alternated with small floral roundels, the reverse with acid etched foral decoration surmounted by elegant damascened arabesques, some losses to damascening
    12 1/8in. (30.8cm.) high


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    One of the inscriptions on the mirror reads dar 'ahd-e Muhammad 'Ali Shah (during the time of Muhammad 'Ali Shah).

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