7 April 2011,
Price realised GBP 13,750
GBP 12,000 - GBP 18,000
A LATE SAFAVID TINNED-COPPER BOWL
IRAN, DATED AH 1133/1720-21 AD
The bowl rising from spreading trumpet foot through wide rounded body to flaring rim, the body engraved with main register of hunting animals, cypress trees and other vegetation on a carved swirling floral background, bordered by two bands of carved scrolling floral decoration, the lower body with engraved interlacing medallions with stylised floral sprays, rim with band of elegant nasta'liq inscription on swirling floral ground
17½in. (44.5cm.) diam.
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The inscription around this bowl is a call on God to bless the Fourteen Innocents. There is a cartouche at the centre which is only partly deciphered and which reads, shah 'ali akbar, 'Shah 'Ali Akbar'.
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