Lot 204
  • 204

A Qajar Rasht embroidered panel depicting a prince, Persia, 19th century

8,000 - 12,000 GBP
22,500 GBP
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  • wool and silk and glass beads
  • 210 by 137cm. 
of rectangular form, coloured wool flannel, worked in appliqué with silk and metal thread embroidery and sequins, depicting a Qajar prince framed within elaborate floral borders with undulating scrolls

Catalogue Note

Rasht embroideries were made from full size cartoons and the portraits follow closely the manner of contemporaneous oil paintings. They were used as saddlecloths, wall hangings and covers for sofas, chairs and tables (see Hali, October 1991, pp.119-123).

A comparable pair of Rasht textiles depicting Qajar courtly figures (identified as 'Abbas Mirza ibn Fath 'Ali Shah and Hazrat Aliya) are in the Collection of Henri Moser at Charlottenfels (Bernisches Historisches Museum, M.Ker.320 and 321); see Bei Schah, Emir und Khan: Henri Moser Charlottenfels 1844-1923, Bern, 1992, p.157 and 169; a pair of Rasht panels depicting two figures in Indian courtly dress were sold in these Rooms, 8 October 2008, lot 168.