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Lot 259

A copper alloy torch stand (Mashal) with Armenian inscription, Safavid Iran, 17th century, Of...

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Lot 259

A copper alloy torch stand (Mashal) with Armenian inscription,
Safavid Iran, 17th century,

Starting Bid: £2,000

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

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Lot 259


A copper alloy torch stand (Mashal) with Armenian inscription,

Safavid Iran, 17th century,

Of typical form, the decoration consisting of three bands of plain double chevrons on a field of elegant scrolling tendrils bearing trefoils on hatched ground, a flange above and below, the upper register with nasta'liq inscriptions within cusped cartouches, a register of scrolling tendril above and below, inscription in Armenian script within a stylised cartouche below the flat lip

31.6cm. high


Overall good condition with some surface pitting and dulling of details

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There are a group of Safavid torchstands with Armenian inscriptions, most of which share the same quatrain which appears around the top band of the torch stand, two are in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, published in Melikian-Chirvani 1982, pp.312-5, nos.140 and 141, both attributed to Western Iran, late sixteenth century; one appeared at Sotheby's June 10, 2020 Lot 112; and another sold at Christie's as part of the Wildenstein Collection, London, 14-15 December 2005, lot 381.

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