A lacquer penbox
Lot 85
A Qajar lacquer papier mache Pen Box (qalamdan) Persia, 19th Century(2)
Sold for £812 (US$ 1,365) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Qajar lacquer papier mache Pen Box (qalamdan)
Persia, 19th Century
of elongated oval form with sliding drawer, decorated in gilt and polychrome, the top with three cartouches containing depictions of Christian saints, the sides with a band of cartouches containing European style scenes of figures in landscapes and; A Qajar lacquer papier mache Box, Persia, 19th Century of rectangular form standing on four feet with lifting lid, decorated in polychrome, the lid with a seated prince flanked by attendants, the sides with hunting scenes
the largest 30.5 cm. long(2)


  • Signed as: ya shah-e najaf 'O the King of Najaf', which is an invocation to Imam 'Ali and is the signature of the well-known painter Najaf'ali of Isfahan (d. 1865), whose recorded work are between 1227 (1812-13) and c. 1277 (1860-61). (Khalili et al, Lacquer of the Islamic Lands, part two, pp. 22, 31, 36 and 39. Karimzadeh-Tabrizi, The Lives & Art of Old Painters of Iran, London, 1991, pp. 1368-81)
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