A tinned copper bowl made for Muhammad Qasim Isfahani Persia, 16th/ 17th Century

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Lot 19R
A tinned copper bowl made for Muhammad Qasim Isfahani
Persia, 16th/ 17th Century

£ 800 - 1,200
US$ 1,100 - 1,600
A tinned copper bowl made for Muhammad Qasim Isfahani
Persia, 16th/ 17th Century
of deep rounded form on a splayed foot, engraved with floral and foliate decoration, an inscription-filled cartouche to the centre
11.2 cm. diam.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    The collection of Alexander H. Morton (1942-2011).
    Private UK collection.

    Inscriptions: 'Its owner Muhammad Qasim Isfahani'.

    For a torch stand with comparable decoration in the Victoria and Albert Museum, see A.S. Melikian-Chirvani, Islamic metalwork from the Iranian World: 8-18th Centuries, London, 1982, p. 319, no. 144.


    Alexander Morton, universally known as Sandy, was a uniquely gifted scholar and linguist. Born in India his father Kenneth Morton CIE OBE was a member of the Indian Civil Service. His grandfather was Harold Hargreaves, who succeeded Sir John Marshall as Director of the Indian Archaeological Survey. The family left India in 1947 and settled in Cambridge. Sandy attended Rugby specialising in Classics, and then University College, Oxford. After obtaining a First in Classical Mods, he switched to take a final degree in Persian and Arabic. In 1964, supported by a scholarship, he left England for Iran and commenced work at the British Institute of Persian Studies in Tehran. He returned to London to study for a PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies under Professor Ann Lambton, on Persian Travel Diaries of the 19th Century but never finished, lured back to Iran, where he became Assistant Director at BIPS.

    Morton acquired a considerable knowledge of coins in Iran and on his return to England started work at the British Museum cataloguing their collection of Middle-Eastern glass Stamps. He remained in close contact with the British Museum throughout his life. He then moved to SOAS where he was appointed Senior Lecturer of the Persian Section of the Near and Middle East Department.

    Sandy's books and articles covered a wide variety of topics — including numismatics, the Ardebil Shrine, the Safavid dynasty and Persian poetry. Perhaps his best known publication is A Catalogue of Early Islamic Glass Stamps in the British Museum, published in 1985, the definitive work on early Islamic wights and stamps. The British Museum collection, and Morton's own Collection of fifty glass weights and stamps.
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A tinned copper bowl made for Muhammad Qasim Isfahani Persia, 16th/ 17th Century
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