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    Sale 7715

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    31 March 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 155

    AN IZNIK POTTERY TILE

    OTTOMAN TURKEY, CIRCA 1580

    Price Realised  

    AN IZNIK POTTERY TILE
    OTTOMAN TURKEY, CIRCA 1580
    The white ground painted to one side with a large part red and blue palmette with floral centre flanked by floral spray including rows of scrolling vine with blue flowerheads, carnation and tulip, one corner with small loss, other minor chips, framed
    8 3/8 x 9½in. (21.5 x 24.2cm.)


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    Although this pattern has a covering effect that is reminiscent of textiles, tiles with repeated medallions decorated with feathery tulips on a ground of flowering prunus branches can be found, inter alia, in the Mosque of Takieci Ibrahim Aga (1592) in Istanbul. Three panels of identical tiles are in the Metropolitan Museum (no. MMA 17.190.2083; J.M. Rogers, Islamic Art & Design 1500 - 1700, London, 1983, p.96), in the Musée des arts décoratifs (Purs décors? Arts de l'Islam, regards du XIXème siècle, exhibition catalogue Paris, 2007, p. 140) and the Qatar National Museum (previously Sotheby's, 25 April 1990, lot 432).

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