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A Cantonese Export porcelain Bowl made for Mirza Husayn Khan,  China, dated AH 1269/ AD 1852-53Estimate : £500 – 700 (€640 – 890). Photo Bonhams

decorated in gilt and polychrome with panels containing maidens centred on a medallion with a bird, insects and flowers, the exterior rim with a Persian inscription –16.6 cm. diam.

Notes: Inscriptions: farmayesh-e sarkar-e moqarreb al-khaqan mirza/hoseyn khan balyuz-e dawlat-e ‘aliyya-ye iran sana 1269, ‘Commissioned by the one close to the king (a courtier), Mirza Husayn Khan, the consul of the High Imperial kingdom of Iran, year 1269/ AD 1852-53’.

Husayn Khan is likely to be Husayn Khan Mushir al-Dawlah (d. 1298/1881) who was appointed Consul in Bombay in AH 1266/ AD 1849-50. He was appointed Consul General in Tbilisi in 1271 (1854-5); Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary in Istanbul in AH 1275 (AD 1858-9); received the title Mushir al-Dawlah in AH 1282/ AD 1871-2; Ambassador in Istanbul in AH 1285/ AD 1868-9 and Prime Minister in AH 1288/ AD 1871-72). For further information, see M. Bamdad, Dictionary of National Biography of Iran, 1700-1900, vol. 1, Tehran, 1966, pp. 406-26.

Bonhams. ISLAMIC & INDIAN ART, 5 Nov 2014 10:30 GMT – LONDON, KNIGHTSBRIDGE