Around the neck and the base (repeated): A Persian quatrain by Katibi Turshizi.
Souren Melikian-Chirvani indicates that black and red pigmented paste inlay featured in bronze and brass works in the middle Safavid era (Melikian-Chirvani 1982, p.267). Only very few metalwares, however, retain their original inlay, and this impressive candlestick may be one such example. Its inscription is by Katibi Turshizi, an early fifteenth century Khorasanian poet from Turshiz who died in 838 or 839 AH/1434-36 AD. His work reached great popularity in the Safavid era and the quatrain inscribed on this torch-stand relates to two others inscribed by him in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (ibid. pp.313-5, nos.140 and 141). A further example is also included in the present sale, as lot 113.