Safavid Cut-Steel Panel
A Safavid polished steel decorative plate intricately cut with series of medallions and spandrels each filled with an intricate pattern of openwork scrolling arabesques.
The Safavid Dynasty from 1501 to 1722 was among the most significant ruling dynasties of Iran. The Dynasty originated in the Safavid order of Sufism, which was established in the city of Ardabi. The Safavids established control over all of Iran, becoming the first native dynasty since the Sasanian Empire to establish a national state. They produced a great quantity of literature, painting and fine metal work.
Cf. for a panel from the same workshop, A. U. Pope, A Survey of Persian Art, (Oxford,1938), pl. 1389.
Formerly in a New York private collection; Christie's, London, April 20, 1999, lot 19.