13 April 2010,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 8,125
Estimate GBP 3,500 - GBP 4,500
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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