• 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 33

    A LARGE COBALT-BLUE, TURQUOISE AND LUSTRE POTTERY BOWL

    ILKHANID IRAN, PROBABLY KASHAN, 14TH CENTURY

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    A LARGE COBALT-BLUE, TURQUOISE AND LUSTRE POTTERY BOWL
    ILKHANID IRAN, PROBABLY KASHAN, 14TH CENTURY
    Of rounded form on short foot, rimless, the exterior moulded and lightly cusped, painted in two shades of lustre over white ground, the interior with a male and a female deer with dotted coats, the male with long horns and looking over its shoulder, the other extending its neck to eat some leaves, a freely drawn tree in cobalt-blue with leaves highlighted in turquoise blue at the centre of the composition, a pond with three fish below, the ground with floral sprays reserved against the white ground, a band of cobalt-blue whirls and circular medallions around the lip, the exterior with motifs of radiating petals, repaired breaks to the rim, in fitted wooden box
    11¼in. (28.4cm.) diam.


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    A lustre painted and cobalt-blue bowl in the Metropolitan Museum of Art decorated with a lively horse shows a similar shape, almost hemispherical in contour on a low narrow foot with radiating petal patterns on the outside (The Arts of Islam, exhibition catalogue, Berlin, 1981, cat.32). The Chinese celadon petal-back bowls from the Lung-Ch'uan kilns seem to have been the prototypes for this shape which became common under the Mongols in the late 13th and early 14th century.

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    Provenance

    Japanese private collection, since 1960s