A SET OF FIVE PORCELAIN BOWLS AND DISHES WITH 'FAMILLE ROSE' DECORATION FROM A SERVICE MADE FOR MA'SUD MIRZA ZILL AL-SULTAN, CHINA AND PERSIA, DATED 1297 AH/1879-80 AD AND 1301 AH/1883-4 AD
A SET OF FIVE PORCELAIN BOWLS AND DISHES WITH 'FAMILLE ROSE' DECORATION FROM A SERVICE MADE FOR MA'SUD MIRZA ZILL AL-SULTAN, CHINA AND PERSIA, DATED 1297 AH/1879-80 AD AND 1301 AH/1883-4 AD
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A SET OF FIVE PORCELAIN BOWLS AND DISHES WITH 'FAMILLE ROSE' DECORATION FROM A SERVICE MADE FOR MA'SUD MIRZA ZILL AL-SULTAN, CHINA AND PERSIA, DATED 1297 AH/1879-80 AD AND 1301 AH/1883-4 AD

Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 GBP

A SET OF FIVE PORCELAIN BOWLS AND DISHES WITH 'FAMILLE ROSE' DECORATION FROM A SERVICE MADE FOR MA'SUD MIRZA ZILL AL-SULTAN, CHINA AND PERSIA, DATED 1297 AH/1879-80 AD AND 1301 AH/1883-4 AD

Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 GBP

Lot Sold:10,000GBP

Lot Details

Description

A SET OF FIVE PORCELAIN BOWLS AND DISHES WITH 'FAMILLE ROSE' DECORATION FROM A SERVICE MADE FOR MA'SUD MIRZA ZILL AL-SULTAN, CHINA AND PERSIA, DATED 1297 AH/1879-80 AD AND 1301 AH/1883-4 AD


of varying sizes, the five large, deep, porcelain bowls decorated with bright polychrome colours and lobed medallions containing interior scenes with figures alternating with floral bouquets with birds and butterflies on a gold ground, the exteriors with en-suite decoration and inscriptive medallions, each set on a matching dish of same design with inscriptive medallion at its centre and plain exterior


(10)


dishes: 16cm; 21.8cm; 24.4cm; 36.6cm; 36.8cm.

bowls: 5.7 by 11.6cm; 6.7 by 14.4cm; 7.5 by 20.5cm; 15 by 36cm; 16 by 37.4cm.



Condition Report

Dishes: all intact, some rubbing to gold, notably on inscription at centre of interior and external edge and a little on floral details, slight discoloration noticeable between dishes (due to firing). Bowls: four intact and the largest broken and restored with associated overpainting, some wear to interior and scratches, slight rubbing, 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."

Cataloguing

Catalogue Note

inscriptions


‘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 the smallest dish is: 1301 AH (1883-4 AD).


Zill al-Sultan (1849-1917) 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.

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