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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 72

    A KASHAN MOULDED LUSTRE AND COBALT BLUE POTTERY TILE

    CENTRAL IRAN, LATE 13TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A KASHAN MOULDED LUSTRE AND COBALT BLUE POTTERY TILE
    CENTRAL IRAN, LATE 13TH CENTURY
    The main register with golden brown lustre ground with spiralling leafy vine and perching birds around a strong moulded cobalt-blue naskh inscription, raised borders below with a repeated design of scrolls within lustre lattice and above with repeated arabesques with small cobalt highlights containing split palmettes, lustre faded towards the bottom of the tile, intact
    14 x 13¾in. (35.5 x 34.9cm.)


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    The inscription on this tile is from Qur'an XLVIII, sura al-fath, parts of v.2. The verse and that before it reads: 'Verily we have granted thee a manifest victory. That God may forgive thee thy faults of the past and those to follow; fulfil His favour to thee AND GUIDE thee on straight way'. The words indicated in capitals are those that appear on the present tile.

    This intact tile shows unusually well-controlled lustre designs, giving a precision to the drawing that is sometimes not as sharp as here, particularly on tiles that also include the colour turquoise. The register of modelling along the upper band is very similar to that of the tiles from the Khanqah of Pir Husayn south west of Baku in Azerbaijan which was rebuilt by Umar b. Muhammad al-Shirzadi of Qazvin in 684/1285 (Iran and the Hermitage, exhibition catalogue, in Russian, St. Petersburg, 2004, no.157, pp.136-7). The birds that fill the scrolls are also very similar to those found on the tiles made for the Imamzada shrine of Abd al-Samad in Natanz which was completed in 1299.

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    Provenance

    Consigned from a Private European Collection, acquired in the Early 20th Century.