• 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 5

    A LARGE FIGURAL GLAZED SGRAFFITO POTTERY BOWL

    NORTH IRAN, POSSIBLY AMOL, 11TH OR EARLY 12TH CENTURY

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    A LARGE FIGURAL GLAZED SGRAFFITO POTTERY BOWL
    NORTH IRAN, POSSIBLY AMOL, 11TH OR EARLY 12TH CENTURY
    With slightly rounded body on short foot, rimless, the sgraffito decoration with a stylised lively feline under brown and yellow glaze over stylised foliage ground in manganese, with green glazed trilobe motifs, the cavetto with two bands of whorls, the lip decorated with manganese lobes, repaired breaks, minor repainting
    15½in (39.3cm.) diam.


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    A bowl of similar size (36.3cm diam.) in the Harvey B. Plotnick Collection closely relates to the present bowl in its technique of manufacture and decoration (Oya Pancaroglu, Perpetual Glory, Medieval Islamic Ceramics from the Harvey B. Plotnick Collection, Chicago, 2007, cat.47, p.89). On each bowl, the animal is depicted in a lively profile under a light transparent yellow glaze with a similar ground and use of sgraffito. The incised patterns and the use of green glaze on cream ground are those found of the Amol pottery ware. However, the present bowl stands separate from the common Amol production in its vigorous drawing and its strong colours, especially the extensive use of manganese brown.

    A thermoluminescence test performed by CIRAM confirms the proposed dating for this lot (analysis certificate no 1209-OA-297R).

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    Provenance

    Formerly private German collection , formed in the 1970s