A Timurid cut mosaic tile panel, Central Asia, late 14th/early 15th century
the rectangular panel composed of polychrome fritware including white, blue, orange, green and light blue, featuring a central calligraphic design within a foliated border, some old restoration
54 by 86cm.
Ex-collection Henry René d'Allemagne (1863-1950).
This tile was once installed in the Oriental house of the eminent French travelogue, historian and collector, Henri René d'Allemagne (1863-1950). Henri René d’Allemagne was also an avid writer having authored several works which centred on niche topics as far afield as the history of playing cards, locksmithing and the nineteenth century political philosophy of the Saint-Simonians. Of particular significance was his four volume Du Khorasan au Pays des Bakhtiaris which documented his travels in Persia. It was this fascination with the Orient that inspired the interior of d’Allemagne’s house whose walls contained a number of Timurid tiles and panels, including the present example.
Henry René d'Allemagne: La maison d'un vieux collectionneur, présentée par Guillaume Janneau, Paris, Librairie Gründ, Tome 2, 1948.