London, South Kensington
26 October 2007
A ZAND LACQUER PAPIER MACHE QALAMDAN SIGNED MUHAMMAD 'ALI ASHRAF, IRAN, DATED RAJAB AH 1200/APRIL 1786 AD
With rounded ends and sliding tray, the dark red top with dense flowering vine, the signature and date in cartouche above and below, the tray with associated brass inkwell - 9in. (23cm.) long
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The inscriptions read: ze-ba'd-e muhammad 'ali ashraf ast/fi sana rajab 1200 (After Muhammad, 'Ali is the most noble. In the year Rajab, 1200)
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