Antique Qajar Indo-Persian Sipar Shield Estate of Rudolph Valentino
This antique Persian shield measuring 19 in (48.2 cm) in diameter features eight cartouches with gold damascene decorations, four of which are inscribed plus an inscribed cartouche in center that declare in Persian "Before the Last One (Land of Shah Abbas)...Monarchy in Ishahan Year 1231". In addition there are 16 decorative cartouches along the perimeter featuring poetic verses. Provenance: Estate of the actor, Rudolph Valentino (1895-1926); estate of R. Miller Hicks, President and CEO, R. Miller Hicks & Company. See the attached image showing Valentino and the shield in his home, Falcon Lair, which was later purchased by Doris Duke.
This was apparently either sold at the first estate auction held on December 10, 1926 at The Hall of Art Studios in Hollywood. The Administrator for this sale was said in the catalogue to be S. George Ullman, and the Auctioneer was A.H. Weil.
In 1945 additional Valentino belongings were sold at auction by Falcon Lair owner, Juan Romero, who owned the property from the 1930s to 1950.
Based in Austin, Texas, Hicks was appointed Chairman of President's Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business Ownership by President Reagan, and named National Chairman of the Independent Business Coalition by President G.W. Bush. He was also a member of the Regional Export Expansion Council of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and contributor to the non-profit independent American Center of Political Monitoring.
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