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A PORTRAIT OF NASIR AL-DIN SHAH QAJAR (R.1848-96), PERSIA, QAJAR, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

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Estimate:

10,000 to - 15,000 GBP

A PORTRAIT OF NASIR AL-DIN SHAH QAJAR (R.1848-96), PERSIA, QAJAR, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

A PORTRAIT OF NASIR AL-DIN SHAH QAJAR (R.1848-96), PERSIA, QAJAR, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

Estimate:

10,000 to - 15,000 GBP

Lot sold:

12,500

GBP

A PORTRAIT OF NASIR AL-DIN SHAH QAJAR (R.1848-96), PERSIA, QAJAR, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY


opaque pigments on paper


32 by 20.8cm.


Please note: Condition 9 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers for this sale is not applicable to this lot.

The leaf has been glued to a cardboard on the upper right corner, a loss to the lower corner not longer than 2cm. with associated folds and loss to the paint, various stains and some smudges, the borders with minor splits and folds, one fold running horizontally at the height of Nasir al-Din's knees, the signature rubbed, 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."

This portrait is an excellent example of the high quality illustrative techniques of the Qajar court in which the master painter Abu'l Hasan Ghaffari was active. A prolific artist who trained in Italy, Abu'l Hasan Ghaffari painted several portraits of Nasir al-Din Shah, including a close comparable to the present, sold in these rooms, 18 April 2007, lot 29. Although unsigned, this watercolour bears close similarities to his works and the court style of the time.