Qajar Persian Female Portrait on Canvas
Our magnificent oil on canvas depicting a sensuous Persian beauty, seated in luxurious surroundings, holding a gold and gemstone necklace and mirror, dates from the Qajar period and is apparently unsigned. Believed to date from the early to mid nineteenth century. Stretcher: 23 5/8 by 31 3/4 inches. Frame: 29 3/8 by 37 1/2 inches.
Mounted in a modern carved and gilded frame.
Canvas has been relined and the stretcher, with bridled joints and keys, is not original. There is considerable craquelure throughout and a few scuffs and nicks, and there may be areas of inpainting.
She is adorned by a headdress of pearls, red jewel (likely spinel) and emeralds with string of pearls under her chin, a common element of Persian jewelry since the Timurid period. She’s wearing a sheer undershirt (pirohan) decorated at the neckline and center with strings of emeralds and a central red stone. Her lovely red outer blouse (nimtene) features white embroidered designs and elaborate cuffs, and her green skirt appears to be velvet.
She is seated on a carpet and resting against cylindrical shaped cushions (mutaqa) covered in brilliant yellow fabric with floral bouquet pattern, and a larger cushion with paisley (buteh) motif.
She holds a mirror in her left hand and a gold necklace with medallions and pendant that matches her other jewelry.