• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7751

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    6 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 213

    A VERY LARGE IZNIK POTTERY TILE

    OTTOMAN TURKEY, CIRCA 1570

    Price Realised  

    A VERY LARGE IZNIK POTTERY TILE
    OTTOMAN TURKEY, CIRCA 1570
    Of rectangular form, the white ground painted in two shades of cobalt-blue, green, turquoise, red and black with a central bold palmette flanked by scrolling vine issuing interlaced saz leaves, in a narrow border of radiating lappet motifs, repaired breaks, framed
    14¾ x 23¾in. (37.4 x 60.3cm.)


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    This masterfully painted tile is very similar to a tile in the Louvre (no. 3919/2287; Turks, Exhibition Catalogue, London, 2005, p. 348, ill. 328). It perfectly illustrates the new decorative style developed in the 1570s by the naqqashhane, the imperial atelier in charge of elaborating new decorative designs. The feathery saz leaves stressed with black lines, spiralling and piercing one another, are remarkably drawn. A very similar tile was offered in these Rooms, 7 October 2008, Lot 412.

    It has been suggested that these very large tiles were intended as the tops of scribe's writing chests, which are often of similar size. The presence of an Ottoman wooden table in the Victorian and Albert Museum which is set with a large Iznik tile (circa 1560) supports this theory (Tim Stanley, Palace and Mosque, London, 2004, no. 121, p. 106).

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