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Mirror frame and cover. Painted with flowers and colours; inside the cover a group of flowers on red ground.
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Materials and Techniques
Length: 27.3 cm, Width: 17.5 cm
Object history note
Purchased at the Paris Exhibition of 1867, and apparently directly commissioned for Qajar Iran's national pavilion. Reporting on the Museum's Iranian holdings to date in May 1873, Robert Murdoch Smith assessed the object as follows: "This very good specimen of Persian flower painting appears from the small inscription it bears to have been made to the order of His Excellency the Mueyyir il Mumalik Lord High Treasurer of Persia, who had charge of the collection and dispatch of objects for the Paris Exhibition of 1867." (V&A Archives)
Description of object: "Mirror Frame and Cover. Painted with flowers and colours; inside the cover a group of flowers on red ground. Modern Persian (Paris Exhibition 1867).
Date of receipt: December 20th, 1867
Middle East, Furniture. Mirror case, signed by Reza Imami, Isfahan, Qajar Iran, 1860-1865
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The interior of this mirror case has a fine botanical painting of irises and lilies on a brilliant scarlet ground, by Riza Imami. Even more interesting perhaps are the artist's doodles of figures of a soldier on the unfinished paper surface underneath where the mirror was originally placed.
MIRROR CASE AND COVER
Isfahan, 1866. Commissioned for the Paris Exposition of 1867.
922-1869 [5 June 2000]
Commissioned by Dust `Ali Khan, Mu`ayyir al-Mamalik (1820-1873), Qajar government minister.
Personal accessories; Household objects
Middle East Section