• 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 236

    AN IZNIK POTTERY TILE

    OTTOMAN TURKEY, CIRCA 1585

    Price Realised  

    AN IZNIK POTTERY TILE
    OTTOMAN TURKEY, CIRCA 1585
    The white ground with a central red, green and blue rosette issuing six swirling branches each with a similar smaller rosette, also with the addition of a turquoise colour, set within a cusped red and white circular frame, the linked green spandrels with reserved white, red and blue arabesque panels, slight chipping to edges
    9¾in. (24.5cm.) square


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    Tiles of this design are used to surround the mihrab in the Mesih Mehmet Pascha Mosque dating from 1585. This mosque, whose patron was briefly Grand Vizier under Sultan Murad III, was built in 1585. Other examples of the design are in the Sadberk Hanim Museum (Ara Altun, John Carswell and Gönül Öney, Turkish Tiles and Ceramics, Istanbul, 1985, no.I.71, p.44), the Hetjens Museum, Düsseldorf (J. Zick-Nissen, Islamische Keramik, exhibition catalogue, Düsseldorf, 1973, no.345, pp.235-6) and other collections. Others have sold in these Rooms, 12 October 2004, lot 27. For another tile from the same series please see the following lot.

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    Please be aware that the illusration to this lot is wrongly labelled 237 in the catalogue.