‘Commissioned by His Excellency, the auspicious, the most glorious, the most high, the most noble, the eminent Sultan Mas’ud Mirza Yamin al-Dawlah Zill al-Sultan, 1297 AH (1879-80 AD)’
The date on one is 1301 AH (1883-4 AD).
Zill al-Sultan (1849-1917) was a son of Nasir al-Din Shah and a powerful Prince who held Governorship of most of the southern provinces with his own army and British support, attempting to replace Nasir al-Din Shah. His territory was finally reduced to Isfahan in 1887-88. For his full bibliography, see M. Bamdad, Dictionary of National Biography of Iran, 1700-1900, vol.4, Tehran, 1966, pp.78-100.
A number of bowls and dishes from this set have been sold in these rooms, 25 October 2017, lot 221; 19 October 2016, lot 333; 7 October 2015, lot 347; 22 April 2015, lot 194; 8 October 2014, lot 123; 9 April 2014, lot 190. Others are now in the Islamic Art Museum, Malaysia (inv.no.2013.19.61), published in de Guise 2019, p.89.