Ex-collection Sir Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017). Drouot, Paris, 15 June 1948, lot 34 (as indicated by old auction label to reverse).
al-faqir ‘abd al-husayn ibn …. Haji ja’far khan mi’marbashi ‘The needy ‘Abd al-Husayn ibn …. Haji Ja’far Khan, the Chief architect’
The 'Abd al-Husayn referred to here was most probably the patron of this tile. There is one reference on Haji Ja’far, an architect who lived during the reign of Muzaffar al-Din Shah to the early Pahlavi dynasty (d.1934).
The edges chipped, particularly to corners, craquelure to glaze, some pitting and minor abrasion, set onto custom wooden mount with old auction house labels and space for two protrusions of ceramic, with hook for hanging, 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."