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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 119

    AN ILKHANID MOULDED COBALT-BLUE, TURQUOISE AND LUSTRE DECORATED POTTERY TILE

    FROM TAKHT-I SULAYMAN, WEST IRAN, CIRCA 1270-80

    Price Realised  

    AN ILKHANID MOULDED COBALT-BLUE, TURQUOISE AND LUSTRE DECORATED POTTERY TILE
    FROM TAKHT-I SULAYMAN, WEST IRAN, CIRCA 1270-80
    Of rectangular form, the main lower register with scrolling vine around the powerful figure of a dragon with head turned over its shoulder, a band of bold palmette vine above and simple band below, repaired breaks, one corner lacking, in old frame
    13½ x 14in. (34.5 x 35.5cm.)


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    This is one of a well-known series of tiles depicting dragons that are thought to come from Takht-i Sulayman. This attribution is on the basis of a group of tiles, very probably from the same moulds, that were decorated in the lajvardina technique, a number of which were found there (The Arts of Islam, exhibition catalogue, London, 1976, no.388, p.259). A well-published lustre example is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Linda Komaroff and Stefano Carboni (eds.), The Legacy of Ghengis Khan, exhibition catalogue, New York, 2002, cat.100, ill.p.95). A further example was sold from the collection of Charles Gillot in our Paris saleroom, 4 March 2008, lot 4.

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    Provenance

    From a collection formed in Alexandria in the first half of the 20th century. See also lots 399-423.