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Nasser D. Khalili, B.W. Robinson and Tim Stanley with a contribution by Manijeh Bayani
Part Two of the catalogue of the lacquerwares in the Collection concentrates on the period with which Islamic lacquer is most often associated - Iran in the Qajar period (1779-1924).
A large section of the volume is devoted to the work of the two most important workshops in Isfahan in the mid-19th century - the first is that of Najaf 'Ali and his associates, the other that of the Imami family.
Further sections cover the growth of European influence on the iconography and style of Iranian lacquer in the second half of the 19th century and, in particular, Russian lacquer made for export to Iran and its Iranian imitators. The last section is a ground-breaking study of the seals of the pen box makers.
As with Part One, the detailed descriptions are accompanied by several colour views of each object. These are supplemented by an appendix containing magnified reproductions of all the signatures.
Professor Nasser D. Khalili is Honorary Fellow of the University of London and Visiting Professor in the Department of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
B.W. Robinson was formerly Keeper at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; he is an authority on several aspects of Islamic as well as Japanese art and a pioneer in the study of the arts of Qajar Iran.
Tim Stanley is Deputy Curator of the Khalili Collection, and an Ottoman historian who has written mainly on the history of manuscripts and calligraphy.
Manijeh Bayani is a specialist in Arabic and Persian epigraphy, London, working extensively on primary sources from Iran.
272 pages; fully illustrated in colour; sections on the seals of pen box makers and on signatures with halftone reproductions
35.5 x 25.5 cm hardback with dust jacket (slipcased)