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1800-1830 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Resht work, plain weave felted wool, patchwork, inlaid work, embroidered with silk and metal thread in a variety of stitches predominantly chain stitch and with metal spangles.
Note: researchers may use the terms applique and tambour when searching for this category of textile even though they are incorrect.
Displayed behind glass.
Blue ground with a three-quarter length male figure in a red robe with an elaborate collar. He holds a rose in his right hand. Dressed in Qajar style with a white collar decorated with flowers and leaves and with decorative cuffs. He wears a belt which holds a sheathed dagger in place. There is a bracelet on his right wrist, over the cuff of the robe and a string of embroidered pearls round his neck. Embroidered pearls and coloured beads form large panels on both upper sleeves. He wears a jewelled crown on his head with three short feathers. This is framed with a light brown border creating the effect of a sash window which was a very fashionable architectural feature at the time. There is a narrow blue border, a wide red border with a meandering stem in light and dark blue with blue, yellow and white pansy flowers embroidered with coloured silks. Narrow black border and finally a red border. Chain stitch forms a decorative pattern over the seams.
Embroidery thread: 2S silk, light and dark pink, purple, yellow, light and dark green, light and dark blue, black, white, brown.
Metal thread: silver strip close S-wound on light yellow Z-twist silk.
Inset wool: white, dark blue, yellow, black, light blue, brown, green, red.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
woollen yarn, silk thread, metal thread, spangles, weaving, resist printing, embroidering, patchwork, sewing
Brief Description
patchwork, 1800-1830, Persian
Physical Description
Resht work, plain weave felted wool, patchwork, inlaid work, embroidered with silk and metal thread in a variety of stitches predominantly chain stitch and with metal spangles.

Note: researchers may use the terms applique and tambour when searching for this category of textile even though they are incorrect.

Displayed behind glass.

Blue ground with a three-quarter length male figure in a red robe with an elaborate collar. He holds a rose in his right hand. Dressed in Qajar style with a white collar decorated with flowers and leaves and with decorative cuffs. He wears a belt which holds a sheathed dagger in place. There is a bracelet on his right wrist, over the cuff of the robe and a string of embroidered pearls round his neck. Embroidered pearls and coloured beads form large panels on both upper sleeves. He wears a jewelled crown on his head with three short feathers. This is framed with a light brown border creating the effect of a sash window which was a very fashionable architectural feature at the time. There is a narrow blue border, a wide red border with a meandering stem in light and dark blue with blue, yellow and white pansy flowers embroidered with coloured silks. Narrow black border and finally a red border. Chain stitch forms a decorative pattern over the seams.

Embroidery thread: 2S silk, light and dark pink, purple, yellow, light and dark green, light and dark blue, black, white, brown.

Metal thread: silver strip close S-wound on light yellow Z-twist silk.

Inset wool: white, dark blue, yellow, black, light blue, brown, green, red.
Dimensions
  • Length: 33.5cm
  • Width: 24cm
Object history
Formerly part of the Richard Collection.
Bibliographic Reference
Published in 'Iranian Textiles' by Jennifer Wearden and Patricia L Baker (V&A Publishing, 2010) Plate 73.
Collection
Accession Number
821-1876

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record createdJune 4, 2008
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