Haj Mirza Aqa Imami (1880-1955) Shirin in a landscape holding a wine bottle and porcelain cup, Iran, circa 1930

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Haj Mirza Aqa Imami (1880-1955)
Shirin in a landscape holding a wine bottle and porcelain cup, Iran, circa 1930

Sold for £ 50,000 (US$ 69,345) inc. premium
Haj Mirza Aqa Imami (1880-1955)
Shirin in a landscape holding a wine bottle and porcelain cup, Iran, circa 1930
gouache and gold on leather, elaborate cut-work borders in leather, gilded and painted in polychrome, the borders with verses from Nizami's Khusraw va Shirin in naskhi script in white on a green ground within panels, with six further scenes of Shirin and Khusraw within cartouches and cusped medallions against a brown ground with intertwining vegetal and floral motifs, birds, hunting dogs and other animals in their natural habitat, the painted wood frame profusely decorated in the Safavid style in polychrome with hunting scenes, youths reclining in landscapes, and palace scenes, the frame with ropework edge
painting 105 x 55 cm.; with borders 149 x 95 cm.; total size with frame 184 x 131 cm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Swiss private collection.

    Inscriptions: in the borders, verses from Nizami's Khusraw va Shirin; and the signature raqam-e kamtarin mirza aqa emami esfahani, 'Drawn by the most humble Mirza Aqa Imami Isfahani'.

    Haji Mirza Aqa Imami was born in Isfahan in 1880 and spent his youth following his father's profession, studying theology, but left the subject to study art with Sani' Homayun in Tehran, where he learnt the art of painting and illumination. On his return to Isfahan, he taught students such as Husayn Khata'i and Mahmud Farshchiyan. He was the artist who started the revival of Safavid style in Isfahan, looking in particular at the work of Reza 'Abbasi and Muhammad Shafi'. He died at the age of 75. See Mohammad Ali Karimzadeh Tabrizi, The Lives & Art of Old Painters of Iran, vol. 3, London 1991, pp. 1269-71.
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Haj Mirza Aqa Imami (1880-1955) Shirin in a landscape holding a wine bottle and porcelain cup, Iran, circa 1930
Haj Mirza Aqa Imami (1880-1955) Shirin in a landscape holding a wine bottle and porcelain cup, Iran, circa 1930
Haj Mirza Aqa Imami (1880-1955) Shirin in a landscape holding a wine bottle and porcelain cup, Iran, circa 1930
Haj Mirza Aqa Imami (1880-1955) Shirin in a landscape holding a wine bottle and porcelain cup, Iran, circa 1930
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