Four photographs of Nasr al-Din Shah Qajar (reg. 1848-96) and Muzaffar al-Din Qajar (reg. 1896-1907), depicting the Shah seated in front of the fabled Peacock Throne in the Gulistan Palace; standing in front of a tent with a falcon; seated in a palace chamber with photographs hanging on the wall behind him; and the Shah and his entourage standing at the entrance to a European building Qajar Persia, probably Tehran, circa 1870-1907(4)
Lot 165
Four photographs of Nasr al-Din Shah Qajar (reg. 1848-96) and Muzaffar al-Din Qajar (reg. 1896-1907), depicting the Shah seated in front of the fabled Peacock Throne in the Gulistan Palace; standing in front of a tent with a falcon; seated in a palace chamber with photographs hanging on the wall behind him; and the Shah and his entourage standing at the entrance to a European building Qajar Persia, probably Tehran, circa 1870-1907(4)
Sold for £2,040 (US$ 3,412) inc. premium
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Four photographs of Nasr al-Din Shah Qajar (reg. 1848-96) and Muzaffar al-Din Qajar (reg. 1896-1907), depicting the Shah seated in front of the fabled Peacock Throne in the Gulistan Palace; standing in front of a tent with a falcon; seated in a palace chamber with photographs hanging on the wall behind him; and the Shah and his entourage standing at the entrance to a European building
Qajar Persia, probably Tehran, circa 1870-1907
four black and white photographs laid down on board, framed
125 x 168 mm. and smaller(4)

Footnotes

  • It is well known that Nasr al-Din Shah Qajar actively supported and encouraged the most talented artists and photographers, which resulted in the emergence of a local school of portraiture based on photographs which were taken by the chief royal photographer Mirza Ahmad Khan, Sani' al-Saltanah. He rose to become one of the most illustrious photographers of the Qajar period. He accompanied the Shah on his visit to England in 1889 as official court photographer. Moreover, the Shah himself was a keen photographer, and as a result of this interest we are given a tantalising glimpse of life at court, as seen in these four photographs. For further reading, see Julian Raby, Qajar Portraits, London 1999, pp. 79 ff.
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