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    Sale 12241

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    20 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 65

    A PAIR OF FINE QAJAR LACQUER BOOK COVERS DEPICTING A WEDDING OF NASIR AL-DIN SHAH

    SIGNED MIRZA MUHAMMAD TAQI MUZAHHIB ISFAHANI, TEHRAN, IRAN, DATED AH 1263/1846-47 AD

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    A PAIR OF FINE QAJAR LACQUER BOOK COVERS DEPICTING A WEDDING OF NASIR AL-DIN SHAH
    SIGNED MIRZA MUHAMMAD TAQI MUZAHHIB ISFAHANI, TEHRAN, IRAN, DATED AH 1263/1846-47 AD
    Of rectangular form, with the name and titles of Nasir al-Din Shah in the borders, each of the boards now split and the reverse of each with erotic scenes and couples in amorous embraces within medallions, each pair in frame with old French label
    Each board 17 3/8 x 12¾in. (44 x 32.2cm.)


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    Mirza Muhammad Taqi Muzahhib Isfahani was a pupil of Abu'l-Qasim Husayni Muzahhib-bashi and had workshops in Tehran and Isfahan. He was skilled in illumination as well as painting and portraiture. A fine lacquer Qur’an case in the Khalili Collection which is similarly singed by Mirza Muhammad Taqi also carries a dedication to Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar (Nasser D. Khalili, B.W. Robinson and Tim Stanley, Lacquer from the Islamic Lands, Part Two, Oxford, 1997, no.419, pp.194-95).The fact that Muhammad Taqi was commissioned to produce such intimate scenes for the Shah confirms that he was one of the preferred lacquer artists of the court during the reign of Nasir al-Din Shah.

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