Lot 251. A Qajar cobalt blue and white calligraphic pottery tile, Persia, circa 1900; 24 by 24cm. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 GBP. Lot sold 1,625 GBP (1,884 EUR). Photo: Sotheby's.
decorated with inscription painted in blue relief glaze, mounted, old auction labels to reverse.
Provenance: Ex-collection Sir Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017).
Drouot, Paris, 15 June 1948, lot 34 (as indicated by old auction label to reverse).
inscriptions: al-faqir ‘abd al-husayn ibn …. Haji ja’far khan mi’marbashi
‘The needy ‘Abd al-Husayn ibn …. Haji Ja’far Khan, the Chief architect’
Note: The 'Abd al-Husayn referred to here was most probably the patron of this tile. There is one reference on Haji Ja’far, an architect who lived during the reign of Muzaffar al-Din Shah to the early Pahlavi dynasty (d.1934).