• 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 273

    A KUTAHYA POTTERY EWER AND COVER

    WEST ANATOLIA, 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A KUTAHYA POTTERY EWER AND COVER
    WEST ANATOLIA, 19TH CENTURY
    Rising through short foot to rounded body with spiral fluted sides through pronounced collar to tubular neck from which a short spout rises, elaborately curving handle attaching body and neck, with separate domed lid with faceted sides and knop finial, the surfaces decorated in red, green, blue, turquoise and manganese with repeating floral sprays, the neck with two cartouches with white calligraphy reserved against blue ground, blue maker's mark on the foot, one hole to body
    15½in. (39.5cm.) high


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    The Turkish inscription around the neck of this ewer is a Turkish couplet which reads içilmez mi elinden su , getürmi-i bir keman abru (Who could refuse to drink water brought by such an arched eyebrow?). The same inscription is found on a ewer in the collection of the Foundation of Suna and Inan Kiraç (illustrated in Garo Kürkman, Magic of Clay and Fire, A History of Kütahya Pottery and Potters, Turkey, 2006, Figs.295-298, pp.228-229).

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