Offered is a most beautiful Persian miniature painting illustrating a scene of the old (100 years old) pottery bazar (bazar kouzeh foroushan) in Isfahan, a central city in Iran and the capital of Persia under the reign of the Safavid Dynasty in the 16th Century.
Isfahan has retained much of its past glory for its Islamic architecture such as bridges, palaces, and mosques. A Persian proverb of “Isfahan nesf e jahan”, Isfahan is half of the world, is widely used among Iranians living in Iran and abroad to reminisce the city’s fine arts and architecture.
This magnificent miniature depicts in very fine details the precision of the pots, sellers of potteries, not to mention the studied perspective of the bazar or market in Persian. The vivid turquoise blue dominants the scene of the market in harmony with the ochre color of the bricks and multiple roofs. It is signed by its master miniature artist, Gholam Reza Esmail Zadeh in 1989.
This stunning Persian miniature is in excellent condition, measuring 35 cm (13.75″) x 24.5 cm (9.75″).
It is masterfully framed by a “khatam” frame, a version of marquetry made by decorating the surface of wooden articles with delicate pieces of wood, bone and metal precisely-cut geometrical shapes, measuring 50 cm (19.50″) x 40 cm (15.75″).