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Princess reading Eastern Iran, Khorassan (Herat), Safavid period, circa 1575 Large album page. Polychrome and gold gouache on paper mounted on a cardboard page depicting a young woman wearing a crown on her head and holding a book in her hand, kneeling on a dark blue carpet, against a plain sky-blue background. Gold-flecked frame. Gilded margins featuring five lions among shrubs on a blue-green background. Framed under glass. Label on reverse with catalog description: "Collection Sevadjian. Achat Hôtel Drouot 23 novembre 1960. Mtre Ader. Exp[ert] Densmore. [Prince reading. He is dressed in a green robe and a red jacket edged in gold. Sefevid school. 16th century" and the hammer price: 1650 Frs. (Wear, paint chips, missing sky, especially on the carpet, page laminated on a cardboard backing). 35.8 x 23.3 cm; drawing: 18.6 x 11.7 cm Provenance: Former Mihran Sevadjian collection (1884-1964 ?); Sale Maîtres G. Muel et E. Ader, Persian Art. Collection Sevadjian. 2nd sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, November 23, 1960, lot 7. This miniature comes from a muraqqa' (album with paintings, usually arranged accordion-style). The theme of the young woman reading was often illustrated at the beginning of a muraqqa', opposite a young prince. This drawing resembles one of a princess, formerly in the Louis Cartier collection collection, now in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard Museum, Cambridge (no. inv. 1958.60) attributed to Mirza 'Ali, circa 1540. Another princess is in the Art and History Trust Collection (Abolala Soudavar, 1992, cat. 92, p. 237), attributed to Mohammadi. These two princesses wear the same Safavid crown and stand kneeling, left knee raised, holding a sprig of flowers in their hands. This page may come from the same album as the page currently in the Louvre (inv. no. MAO 369) depicting the lion devouring the ox. Shanzaba (Makariou (ed.), Les Arts de l'Islam au musée du Louvre, 2012, cat. 269, p. 446). Indeed, this last album page measures approximately the same size (34.5 x 22.7 cm) and comes from the same Sevadjian sale of November 23, 1960, lot 33.

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Princess reading Eastern Iran, Khorassan (Herat), Safavid period, circa 1575 Large album page. Polychrome and gold gouache on paper mounted on a cardboard page depicting a young woman wearing a crown on her head and holding a book in her hand, kneeling on a dark blue carpet, against a plain sky-blue background. Gold-flecked frame. Gilded margins featuring five lions among shrubs on a blue-green background. Framed under glass. Label on reverse with catalog description: "Collection Sevadjian. Achat Hôtel Drouot 23 novembre 1960. Mtre Ader. Exp[ert] Densmore. [Prince reading. He is dressed in a green robe and a red jacket edged in gold. Sefevid school. 16th century" and the hammer price: 1650 Frs. (Wear, paint chips, missing sky, especially on the carpet, page laminated on a cardboard backing). 35.8 x 23.3 cm; drawing: 18.6 x 11.7 cm Provenance: Former Mihran Sevadjian collection (1884-1964 ?); Sale Maîtres G. Muel et E. Ader, Persian Art. Collection Sevadjian. 2nd sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, November 23, 1960, lot 7. This miniature comes from a muraqqa' (album with paintings, usually arranged accordion-style). The theme of the young woman reading was often illustrated at the beginning of a muraqqa', opposite a young prince. This drawing resembles one of a princess, formerly in the Louis Cartier collection collection, now in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard Museum, Cambridge (no. inv. 1958.60) attributed to Mirza 'Ali, circa 1540. Another princess is in the Art and History Trust Collection (Abolala Soudavar, 1992, cat. 92, p. 237), attributed to Mohammadi. These two princesses wear the same Safavid crown and stand kneeling, left knee raised, holding a sprig of flowers in their hands. This page may come from the same album as the page currently in the Louvre (inv. no. MAO 369) depicting the lion devouring the ox. Shanzaba (Makariou (ed.), Les Arts de l'Islam au musée du Louvre, 2012, cat. 269, p. 446). Indeed, this last album page measures approximately the same size (34.5 x 22.7 cm) and comes from the same Sevadjian sale of November 23, 1960, lot 33.

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