13 April 2010,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 12,500
Estimate GBP 6,000 - GBP 8,000
A RECTANGULAR LACQUER PAPIER-MÂCHÉ QALAMDAN
QAJAR IRAN, 18TH CENTURY AND LATER
Of rectangular form with separate lid, the sides decorated with a series of floral sprays and the interior of the lid with a landscape with large buildings in rolling hills, the exterior of the lid later painted with a seated Nasir al-Din Shah with a servant standing behind, identification inscription above and attribution below reading raqm kamtarin Abu Al-Nahas, the underside with gold floral scrolls on red ground
10½in. (27cm.) long
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Although the lid of this qalamdan, with the depiction of Nasir al-Din Shah (1831-1896) dates to the mid 19th century, it seems likely that this is a later redecoration on an 18th century original. The interior of the lid with the landscape and the floral decoration to the sides of the box, relate to the works of the early 18th centuries and works such as those by Muhammad 'Ali ibn Muhammad Zaman. Whilst not attributable to this artist, it seems likely to be the product of a similar period.
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