This piece is believed shows the kings of Persia starting in ancient times.
Scholar Ali Gibran Siddiqui commented on one of the inscriptions on this tray, “I believe this gives the place of production and the name of the artist: Isfahan and Haji Muhammad Taqi.”
Siddiqui also found other works by this artist, which are dated to the 20th century, so presumes that this tray was made in the early or mid 20th century.
Name: Mohammad Taqi Zufan of Isfahan
Artists Dates: 1894-1979
Artist Information: "Mohammad Taqi Zufan of Isfahan was the most prominent Iranian silversmith of the 20th century. A rare recipient of an imperial medal for his artistry, his highly organized workshop undertook the most prestigious commissions of the period, the best-know perhaps the gold and silver shrine of the eighth Imam of the Shias, Imam Reza, in Mashad.
He was appointed Honorary Servant of the Shrine for this work. His work embellishes the Shia shrines in Damascus, Najaf and elsewhere in Mashad. It is not surprising that Zufan was chosen to design and produce the commemorative silver box of the Shah's coronation." -From the Chiswick Auction Catalogue for Islamic and Indian Art, London 3 April 2020