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Medium:
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions:
H x W (overall): 18.1 x 11.8 cm (7 1/8 x 4 5/8 in)
Type:
Painting
Origin:
Rajasthan state, India
Date:
ca. 1740
Description:
Detached album folio; single-page miniature; Prince holding a flower.
Border: The painting is set in black rulings surrounded by a gold floral scroll, mounted on paperboard.
Marks:
Old matting: N ͦ 186 Collection Albert Besnard, written in black ink
Old matting: N ͦ 48, written in black ink
Old matting: blue border, octagonal sticker, 423, written in pencil; 186 = trs, written in blue ink; and illegible pencil marks
Old matting: square stamp printed in black, 186
Old matting: Collection Henri Vever (1934) = ptrs, written in black ink
Old matting: blue border, square sticker, 321
Old matting: blue border, square sticker, 321
Provenance:
?-1934
Albert Besnard (1849-1934), method of acquisition unknown [1]
1934
Sale, Paris, Galerie Charpentier, “Collection Albert Besnard: Sculptures et bibelots antiques, sculptures du Moyen ?ge et des temps modernes, tableaux anciens, maquettes, arts du Proche et du Moyen-Orient, bronzes, laques, peintures, gravures," May 31 and June 1, 1934, lot 186 [2]
1934 -1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), likely purchased at the Albert Besnard sale [3]
1942-1947
Jeanne Louise Monthiers (1861-1947), bequest of Henri Vever [4]
1947-1986
Francois Mautin (1907-2003), bequest of Jeanne Louise Monthiers and Henri Vever [5]
From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery purchased from Francois Mautin [6]
Notes:
[1] Paul-Albert Besnard, known professionally as Albert Besnard was a French painter and print maker active in Paris during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Throughout his career, Besnard developed a collection of old master and modern paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. His collection included numerous Islamic manuscripts and Indian paintings. Besnard was part of a group of connoisseurs, which included Henri Vever (see note 3), that appreciated and studied Persian and Indian Paintings.
[2] Galerie Charpentier, “Collection Albert Besnard: Sculptures et bibelots antiques, sculptures du Moyen ?ge et des temps modernes, tableaux anciens, maquettes, arts du Proche et du Moyen-Orient, bronzes, laques, peintures, gravures," [auction catalogue](Paris, May 31 and June 1, 1934), lot 186. The work is described as "Portrait d’un souverain, debout à droite, vêtu d’une robe en drap d’or de Dehli et tenant de la main gauche étendue un rubis."
[3] An accomplished French jeweler and collector, Henri Vever (1854-1942) amassed a large and impressive collection of works of art during his lifetime. His holdings in Japanese prints and Islamic arts of the books, especially from Iran and India, were among the most important assembled in the early twentieth century. The annotation on the work’s matting reports that Vever acquired this work in 1934, likely at the Galerie Charpentier sale. This object was in Vever's collection at the time of his death in 1942 (see note 2).
[4] Upon Henri Vever's death on September 25, 1942, his wife, Jeanne Louise Monthiers inherited the object. See exhibits F and G of Agreement of Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection, January 9, 1986, copy in object file.
[5] Upon the death of Jeanne Louise Monthiers, as stipulated in the will of Henri Vever, the family's assets were divided evenly between his two grandchildren. His only grandson, Francois Mautin inherited the collection known as "The Henri Vever Collection of Oriental Art and Manuscripts Including Persian and Indian Art and Manuscripts." This object is part of that collection. See exhibits F and G as cited in note 3.
[6] The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery purchased the entirety of the collection from Francois Mautin on January 9, 1986. See purchase agreement, copy in object file.
Research updated on April 11, 2023
Collection:
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Previous custodian or owner:
Albert Besnard
Henri Vever (1854-1942)
Jeanne Louise Monthiers (1861-1947)
Francois Mautin (1907-2003)
Topic:
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South Asian and Himalayan Art  Search this
Henri Vever collection  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number:
S1986.433
Restrictions & Rights:
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye346cd522d-ebfa-4d0b-8451-247ea8b433bd
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_S1986.433