Region From: Likely Shiraz, Persia.
Estimated Date of Production: c1708.
Dimensions: 274 mm in height, 160 mm x 71 mm circumference.
Weight: 769 grams.
Colour: Blue-green.
Technique: 12 rings of stringing on neck, V-tooled lip, open pontilled based, top of neck appears “constrained”.
Description: Labels front and back, hand written and typed (transcription), both faded with age. “This bottle of Shiraz Wine, presented by a Persian Embassy in 1708 to Queen Anne. Rests in the cellar of the Duke of Rutland since 1758.”
Condition: Glass loss on string rim, otherwise near mint. The wine evaporated sometime post 1968 – at that time, it was still mentioned in the Christie’s catalogue.
Provenance: The most famous Late Persian bottle in existence. Given to Queen Anne by Persian Ambassador, 1708. In the cellars of the Duke of Rutland from 1758 until sold to the collector Jerome Strauss, still filled with its liquid, in the first decades of the twentieth century. Exhibited in the famous Exhibition of Persian Art at the Royal Academy, London England in 1931. Auctioned by Christies, London, in 1968, at which time it became part of the Harveys Wine Museum. Sold by Bonhams 1 October 2003 (lot 91) to internationally-known dealer Mark Nightingale. Sold thence to Marlena Fairbourne, and in 2012 it landed on my shelves.
Literature: Multiple references – the most common Late Persian referenced in literature.
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