The inscriptions within the cartouches are benedictory couplets by Sa'di, Daqiqi and Firdausi, which are also found on a dish attributed to Khurasan now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, published in Melikian-Chirvani 1982, p.252). The underside bears a later ownership inscription giving the name Nizam al-Sharafi.
In good condition, minor dents and rubbing, incrostations and rusts, as viewed. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."