A Qajar pottery Tile
Lot 170
A Qajar underglaze-painted pottery Tile possibly depicting 'Ali Asghar Amin al-Sultan Persia, 1880s
Sold for £4,000 (US$ 6,723) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Qajar underglaze-painted pottery Tile possibly depicting 'Ali Asghar Amin al-Sultan
Persia, 1880s
rectangular, painted in cobalt blue and black depicting a pair of attendants delivering a letter to a seated minister within a tiled interior, the border with a band containing a scrolling foliate vine
55 x 41.4 cm.

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  • Mirza 'Ali Asghar Khan (AH 1274-1325/ AD 1858-1907) is a well-known official of the Qajar period. He held numerous high positions and titles including Amin al-Sultan, which he received after his father's death in 1300 (1882-83AD), vazir-e a'zam (Great Minister) in AH 1306 (AD 1888-89) and sadr-e a'zam (Prime Minister) in AH 1310 (AD 1893). He was dismissed and reappointed several times and then granted the title of Atabak-e A'zam by Muzaffar al-Din Shah in AH 1318 (AD 1900). His change of support from the British to Russians led to his assassination. He is credited with intelligence, good memory and shrewdness, as well as good style of composition and calligraphy (Calmard, J. Encyclopedia Iranica, vol. II, pp. 878-90; M. Bamdad, Dictionary of National Biography of Iran, 1700-1900, vol. 2, Tehran, 1966, pp. 387-425).
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