Thursday, October 13, 2016

Porcelain from Iran

Recently at a local junk store we purchased a very ornate Tea Pot and Platter. On the bottom of the platter, hand-written in baked on paint, it says, "Hand Crafted. Iran. 24 Karat Gold. JP." It has a picture on both items that after looking at Google images, I believe to be Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, (16 July 1831 – 1 May 1896) the King of Iran. There were two candle holders that matched, but another woman was buying them. (Sorry the pictures are a bit blurry, my camera doesn't take good close-ups) Here is the Wiki info on him.

There was a blue coffee set we didn't get at the time. When we came back from a ten-day vacation, we stopped at the store and it was still there, so we got it also. It has a small coffee pot, a candle-warmer pot for underneath, (there may have been a saucer that it rested on), and six small cups and saucers. Also with intricate in-laid gold. On the bottom of the pot are two Persian characters and "In Iran. 862" Below that is Persian writing which I can't make out, my Persian being rusty.

My guess is that some ranking Iranian fled the Islamist revolution in 1979 and brought the mementoes with him, that the refugee is now with Allah, and the survivors didn't want the old stuff. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi. I have no idea of the value, but would guess it is more than we paid.

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