Artist: Ali Uskudari
Historical period(s)
Ottoman period, 1747-1748
Cloth with lacquer
H x W (overall): 26.2 x 13.4 cm (10 5/16 x 5 1/4 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Book cover

flower, Henri Vever collection, Ottoman period (1307 - 1922), Turkey

Reportedly Charles Vignier (1863-1934), method of acquisition unknown [1]

Henri Vever (1854-1942), method of acquisition unknown [2]

Jeanne Louise Monthiers (1861-1947), bequest of Henri Vever [3]

Francois Mautin (1907-2003), bequest of Jeanne Louise Monthiers and Henri Vever [4]

From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery purchased from Francois Mautin [5]


[1] According to an inventory prepared in 1986, reportedly based on an appraisal prepared by M. A. Densmore, this book cover came from Charles Vignier. Charles Vignier (1863-1934) was a Swiss-born writer, collector, and art dealer who opened his first gallery in 1904. Between 1920 and 1930, he served as the expert in Asian art at the Parisian auction house, Hôtel Drouot.

[2] An accomplished French jeweler and collector, Henri Vever (1854-1942) amassed a large and impressive collection of works of art during his lifetime. His holdings in Japanese prints and Islamic arts of the books, especially from Iran and India, were among the most important assembled in the early twentieth century. This book cover was in Vever's collection at the time of his death in 1942.

[3] Upon Henri Vever's death on September 25, 1942, his wife, Jeanne Louise Monthiers inherited the book cover. See exhibits F and G of Agreement of Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection, January 9, 1986, copy in object file.

[4] Upon the death of Jeanne Louise Monthiers, as stipulated in the will of Henri Vever, the family's assets were divided evenly between his two grandchildren. His only grandson, Francois Mautin inherited the collection known as "The Henri Vever Collection of Oriental Art and Manuscripts Including Persian and Indian Art and Manuscripts." This book cover is part of that collection. See exhibits F and G as cited in note 3.

[5] The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery purchased the collection from Francois Mautin on January 9, 1986. See purchase agreement, copy in object file.

Research completed February 28, 2022

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Henri Vever 1854-1942
Jeanne Louise Monthiers 1861-1947
Charles Vignier 1863-1934
Francois Mautin 1907-2003

Published References
  • Gulner Duran. Ali Uskudori: Tezhip ve Rugani Ustadi, Cicek Ressami (His Motifs and Style). p. 93.
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Susan Nemanzee. A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 76, pp. 218-219.
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Milo Cleveland Beach, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Susan Nemanzee, Janet Snyder. An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 484, pp. 380-381.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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