Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91) Four portraits of Queen Mother Zain (DATES) (4)
Lot 309
Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91) A group of seven portraits of Queen Zain of Jordan (1916-94) (7)
Sold for £3,500 (US$ 5,992) inc. premium
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Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91) A group of seven portraits of Queen Zain of Jordan(1916-94) (7) Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91) A group of seven portraits of Queen Zain of Jordan(1916-94) (7) Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91) A group of seven portraits of Queen Zain of Jordan(1916-94) (7) Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91) Four portraits of Queen Mother Zain (DATES) (4) Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91) Four portraits of Queen Mother Zain (DATES) (4) Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91) Four portraits of Queen Mother Zain (DATES) (4)
Lot Details
Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91)
A group of seven portraits of Queen Zain of Jordan (1916-94)
variously pastel, ink and watercolour on paper, one signed lower left and inscribed lower right: "Reine Mère Zain. Paris le 12 Dec 1965"
the largest 27 x 21 cm.(7)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: UK private collection; acquired directly from the artist in the mid 1970s.

    A true pillar of modern Jordan, and a symbol to all Arab women of the balance between Islamic tradition and a modern outlook, Queen Zain was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1916 and married King Talal bin Abdullah of Jordan in 1934, with whom she bore three sons and a daughter. A highly intelligent woman, she is remembered for her pioneering efforts in charitable works, and her support for women's rights. She played a major role in the political development of the Kingdom of Jordan in the early 1950s. As one admiring ambassador wrote to Selwyn Lloyd, she was "the Metternich of the Arab world". While the broader public remember her for her elegance and sophistication and her charitable works, those in high places will more readily recall her subtle political instinct and courage and the crises in which her decisive backstage intervention shaped the course of Jordanian and, indeed, Middle Eastern history.

    As great aunt of King Hussain of Jordan, Fahrelnissa spent much time in the company of the Jordanian Royal family, and drew and painted portraits of many of its members.
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