Lot n° 79
1000 - 1200
Coffret de style "néo-achéménide"
Iran, Qajar art, late 19th century
Of quadrangular form, resting on four feet, with a lid with metal fasteners in the shape of a fish, made of wood covered with micro-mosaic (khatamkari) and inlaid with bone and ivory, embellished with silver repoussé plates. Please note that this lot contains elephant ivory and that according to the European regulation 2021/2280 of December 16, 2021, the export of goods containing this material outside the EU is prohibited, except for a purchase by a cultural or museum institution, for non-commercial purposes. Rim Enchères will be able to deliver to the buyer the intra-community certificate (CIC, K permit) which conditions the sale and the circulation of this good in the European Union.
31,2 x 21 x 11,5 cm
Same provenance as the previous lot.
The so-called neo-Achaemenid style was initially confined to Qajar stone reliefs, the best known of which were commissioned by Fath'Ali Shah. It became popular after the 1880s (Fellinger, The Empire of Roses, Masterpieces of Nineteenth-Century Persian Art, Musée du Louvre-Lens and Snoek ed., Ghent, 2018, p. 61). Inspired by Achaemenid sculptures from Persepolis and Sassanid bas-reliefs, this style was all the rage in the Shiraz region. A carved alabaster mantel panel shows the same scene as on the lid of the box (Lerner, Three Achaemenid "Fakes": A reevaluation in the light of 19th century Iranian architectural sculpture, Expedition Magazine, Penn Museum, 1980, pp. 13-15).
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