RARE PERSIAN MID-20TH CENTURY VINTAGE LARGE FORMAT, 15 1/4" in HEIGHT x 19 1/2" in WIDTH, FIGURATIVE OPAQUE WATERCOLOR MINIATURE PAINTING on WHITE TRANSLUCENT POLYMER PANEL of PRE-ISLAMIC REVOLUTION, IMPERIAL PALACE BACCHANAL or ORGY, featuring SEVERAL FEMALE & MALE PARTICIPANTS DRINKING WINE & EMBRACING on a CARPETED, TILED FLOOR, with ORNATELY DECORATED, TILED VESTIBULE, FRAMED in a MICRO MOSAIC, PERIOD WOODEN PICTURE FRAME, under GLASS, with WOOD BACKING BOARD & BRASS WALL HANGER. Twenty five (25) figures are fully realized and completed in opaque watercolor paint, while two other male and female couples are insinuated with line drawing & subsequently not fully realized in opaque watercolor paint, which are found on the right & left margins of the scene. Mid-20th century, post-WWII, pre-Islamic Revolution, Persian vintage figurative miniature opaque watercolor paintings on translucent white polymer sheet panels, featuring imperial scenes of revelry & romantic escapades, in micro-mosaic, inlaid wooden picture frames. Frame: 19 ¼ " Height x 23 ½ " Width.
Painting: 15 ¼ " Height x 19 ½ " Width. Absolutely amazing, incredibly beautiful, extremely rare and in very well-preserved overall vintage condition. Pre-Islamic Revolution, post-WWII, Persian figurative art in the tradition of the much earlier, time-honored Persian miniature opaque watercolor paintings on paper, from as early as the 15th to the late 19th centuries.There are only a few slight, minor scuffs on the lower right, toward the bottom margin of the painting. These minor scuffs or superficial abrasions constitute the only visible damage and interruption in the painted white polymer surface. This Persian opaque watercolor figurative miniature painting on white translucent panel, is done in the tradition of much earlier Persian illuminated manuscript miniature paintings on paper, found in antique Persian, illustrated literary manuscripts. The painting is framed in an absolutely gorgeous, inlaid, micro-mosaic, wooden picture frame and is under glass.
The scene is a completely surprising and an entirely unexpected one, depicting an imperial, palace bacchanal or racy group orgy, featuring several male and female participants in period costume and wearing silk garments, some fully clothed, while others are in a state of undress and only partially clothed, involved in amorous, wine-induced revelry and romantic, physical embraces. Very fine and very rare. Clearly done before the social and cultural transformations of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, this particular work, of which there were several other similar opaque watercolor paintings found with it, is believed to have been executed by the same hand and were all from the same finely appointed Boston estate.It was produced during the time of the Shah and when Iran was a secular, authoritarian, imperial state, where figurative imagery with sexual overtures such as this, would be considered blasphemous and not in keeping with the new found mores and conservative, traditional values of the nascent Islamic Revolution. Today, this image being produced in modern day Persia, would be absolutely unheard of and if produced, harsh punishment or at least severe admonition would almost certainly be meted out against the artist for realizing such an image in the first place. By western standards, this image is hardly surprising or controversial but in the context of where and when it was produced, it speaks volumes of the modern day social and cultural transformation of the ancient and important civilization known as Persia. The painting has not been touched. Only the glass has been meticulously cleaned on both sides and the frame presentation with the watercolor painting, reassembled again. An object and artistic artifact of unparalleled and unmitigated beauty. You won't find another. A blue elephant at the Palace of Versailles. Very Good to Excellent overall vintage condition. This item is in the category "Art\Paintings". The seller is "modsanctuary" and is located in this country: US.
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