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A ruler enthroned

Detached album folio
Historical period(s)
Qajar period, Safavid period, Painting ca. 1590; illumination ca. 1880
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
H x W (painting): 16.9 × 11 cm (6 5/8 × 4 5/16 in)
Iran, Khurasan?
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
Detached folio from an unidentified text: A ruler enthroned; top page inscription in Persian black nasta'liq script.
Border: The painting is set in gold and red rulings in an outer frame with gold and blue floral and geometric motifs; mounted on black paperboard.

Top right, “He (God) gave success, delight, and created invincible heroes."

To 1911
Alexis Rouart (1839-1911), Paris, France. [1]

Sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, May 12, 1911, no. 73. [2]

From 1911 to 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, purchased at a Sale of Rouart’s collection at Hôtel Drouot on May 12, 1911. [3]

From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. [4]

From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. [5]


[1] The object was in the collection of Alexis Rouart (1893-1911) until 1911 when it was on sale at the auction at Hôtel Drout, Paris, France on May 12-13, 1911, see Rouart sale catalogue, May 12, 1911, no. 73. See Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, D.C.: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 406.

[2] See note 1.

[3] According to Henri Vever’s ledger, he purchased the object on May 12, 1911. See Glen D. Lowry and Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 2: Ledger of Acquisitions, 1894 and 1907-17" in A Jeweler’s Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (Washington, D.C.: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 231. See also note 1.

[4] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.

[5] See note 4.

Former owner
Henri Vever (1854 - 1942)
Hotel Drouot
Alexis Rouart (French, 1839 - 1911)
Francois Mautin (French, born 1907)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Henri Vever collection, illumination, Iran, lute, percussion instrument, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Collection(s) Area
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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