A Persian Polychrome Lacquered Papier Maché Mirror Case

A Persian Polychrome Lacquered Papier Maché Mirror Case
With an unusual interior scene of the Madonna and Child painted within a cartouche on the silver hinged inner lid
Circa 1800 – 1830 – Early Qajar
Size: 26 cm high, 18 cm wide – 10¼ ins high, 7 ins wide
See Finch and Co catalogue no. 7 item no. 113 for another example of Persian lacquer
This scene of the Madonna and Child is most probably based on a European painting, but the faces are painted with the three quarter view that is characteristic of Persian painting. The mother is unveiled and they are both wearing European ( Italian ) coral necklaces. It is possible that the Persian artist may have deliberately secularised the image to represent a muse or a personified virtue, rather than the Christian ethic of the Madonna.
In Iran the division between non figural and figural art was maintained into the 19th century. A group of late Safavid painters at the end of the 17th century having established an eclectic style with subjects drawn from European Christian painting.

A Persian Polychrome Lacquered Papier Maché Mirror Case

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