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Mirror case

Mirror case

  • Place of origin:

    Isfahan (made)

  • Date:

    1860-1865 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted papier-mâché

  • Museum number:

    922:1, 2-1869

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Mirror frame and cover. Painted with flowers and colours; inside the cover a group of flowers on red ground.

Place of Origin

Isfahan (made)


1860-1865 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted papier-mâché


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)

Registered Files
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

Descriptive line

Middle East, Furniture. Mirror case, signed by Reza Imami, Isfahan, Qajar Iran, 1860-1865

Labels and date

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.

Isfahan, 1866. Commissioned for the Paris Exposition of 1867.
Papier mache
922-1869 [5 June 2000]

Production Note

Commissioned by Dust `Ali Khan, Mu`ayyir al-Mamalik (1820-1873), Qajar government minister.


Papier mache


Painting; Moulding

Subjects depicted



Personal accessories; Household objects


Middle East Section

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