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Antique Blue Base w a Cartouche of Nāṣer al-Dīn Shāh

Antique Blue Base w a Cartouche of Nāṣer al-Dīn Shāh

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19th c. Antique Qājār cobalt blue glass decanter, vase, or a "base," w gilt decoration + enamel detailing surrounds a print transfer cartouche of Nāṣer al-Dīn Shāh, Qājār shah of Iran from 1848-1896. Hand painted, one tiny crack/chip on front.

History! Nāṣer al-Dīn was effective in certain areas. He curbed the secular power of the clergy, introduced telegraph + postal services, built roads, opened the first school offering education along Western lines + launched Iran’s first newspaper. He visited Europe in 1873, 1878, and 1889 + was impressed with the technology he saw there.

In the later years of his rule, however, he steadfastly refused to deal with the growing pressures for reforms. He also granted a series of concessionary rights to foreigners in return for large payments that went into his own pockets. In 1890 he made an even greater error in granting a 50-year concession on the purchase, sale, and processing of all tob. in the country, which led to a national boycott of tob. + the withdrawal of the concession. This last incident is considered by many authorities to be the origin of modern Iranian nationalism. Increasingly unpopular among various Iranian factions, Nāṣer al-Dīn was assassinated in Tehrān by a follower of Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī. @encyclopediabrittanica

Please keep in mind, all of my items are vintage pieces. This means they are NOT new + most of my items are decades old. They may show natural signs of wear + age. I do my best to list any + all flaws in the item description. However, I may overlook small flaws. Please inspect all product photos before purchasing.

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