A portrait of Nasr-al-Din Shah Qajar (reg. 1848-96), seated on a chair, signed by Sayyid Muhammad al-Husaini al-Imami Persia, dated AH 1265/AD 1849
Lot 32*
A portrait of Nasr-al-Din Shah Qajar (reg. 1848-96), seated on a chair, signed by Sayyid Muhammad al-Husaini al-Imami Persia, dated AH 1265/AD 1849
Sold for £12,500 (US$ 20,235) inc. premium

Lot Details
A portrait of Nasr-al-Din Shah Qajar (reg. 1848-96), seated on a chair, signed by Sayyid Muhammad al-Husaini al-Imami
Persia, dated AH 1265/AD 1849
gouache and gold on paper, signed and dated centre left, English inscription at top Nesser ud Deen SHAH OF PERSIA, framed
297 x 190 mm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance: P & D Colnaghi and Co. Ltd., London, 1976; Sotheby's, Persian and Islamic Art: the Collection of the Berkeley Trust, 12th October 2004, lot 26; Sotheby's, Arts of the Islamic World, 8th October 2008, lot 46.

    Exhibited: Treasures of Islam, Musée d'art et d'histoire, Geneva, 1985 (cat. no. 188, p. 198).

    The inscription reads: raqam-e kamtarin banah-ye darga[h] sayyid mumammad al-husayni al-ima[mi] fi sanah 1265 min al-hijra, 'Drawn by the smallest servant at [Divine] court, Sayyid Muhammad al-Husayni al-Imami in the year 1265 of the hijra'.

    Muhammad al-Husaini's portrait of the fresh-faced Nasir al-Din Shah, painted within a year of his accession following the death of Muhammad Shah, has a somehow more intimate and personal feeling, when set against later, more formal portraits. Two other similar portraits of Nasr-al-Din Shah are known, though both of these date from before his acccession, when he was still Crown Prince. The first is dated AH 1260/AD 1845 (for which see E. Grube, Muslim Miniature Paintings, Venice 1962, no. 124); and the second dated AH 1264/AD 1847 (see Sotheby's, London, 4th April 1987, lot 83). An undated portrait by Muhammad al-Husaini of Nasir al-Din Shah was sold at Sotheby's London (9th July 1979, lot 57).
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