• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 51

    A KASHAN COBALT-BLUE, TURQUOISE AND LUSTRE PAINTED POTTERY STAR TILE

    ILKHANID IRAN, LATE 13TH/EARLY 14TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A KASHAN COBALT-BLUE, TURQUOISE AND LUSTRE PAINTED POTTERY STAR TILE
    ILKHANID IRAN, LATE 13TH/EARLY 14TH CENTURY
    Showing a finely drawn horse over a lustre ground with dense foliage, the horse's dotted coat highlighted in turquoise blue, the saddle blanket and the bridle highlighted in cobalt blue, a blossoming tree growing from a small pond in the ground, minor abrasion in places, areas of retouching along the edges, otherwise intact
    8in. (20.6cm.) across


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    Three Kashan star tiles in the David Collection dated around 1290-91 are decorated in similar fashion to that of our tile although with slightly less refined drawing. On each of these tiles, a bull, two elephants or a horse are painted running to the left, with a finely dotted coat, over a foliated ground emitted from a small pond filling the space in the lower star point (The Legacy of Gengis Khan, exhibition catalogue, New York, 2002, fig.113-5). An early 14th century star-tile in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts depicting a fierce camel with a dotted coat and covered with a saddle blanket decorated with dense whirls, is very similar to the present tile in its style and the very fine quality of manufacture (ibid, fig.117). Both animals are similarly coloured with turquoise and cobalt-blue and the grounds are decorated with identical curves and dots reserved against the lustre ground. A bowl in the Metropolitan Museum is painted with a horse which closely relates to ours, depicted in the same position, with the same rounded paunch, an identical coat with small and larger dots and a similar saddle blanket with tapering extremities and whirling motifs (The Arts of Islam, exhibition catalogue, Berlin, 1981, cat.32). That bowl is attributed to Kashan and datable to the second half of the 13th century or the 14th century. According to the examples mentioned previously, it is possible however to narrow the date to the late 13th century or early 14th century.

    Special Notice

    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 17.5% on the buyer's premium.