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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 122

    A LATE TIMURID BLUE AND WHITE POTTERY DISH

    IRAN, LATE 15TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A LATE TIMURID BLUE AND WHITE POTTERY DISH
    IRAN, LATE 15TH CENTURY
    With sloping cusped rim on short foot, the interior with a central roundel containing a dragon with a long scrolling tail surrounded by cloudbands, the cavetto with two smaller similar dragons alternated with bands of repeating floral design, the rim with a dotted motif, the exterior with splashes of blue glaze, repaired breaks and small area of restoration around the rim
    13 3/8in. (34cm.) diam.


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    Dragons are regularly depicted on Timurid Pottery, copied from the Chinese originals. The present dragon however has no Chinese precedent and is a complete invention of the Iranian potter.

    The bowl is typical of pottery that has been attributed to Tabriz in the late Timurid period. It has the wide base ring and, to the eye, a high quartz content, covered with a high shine glassy glaze. For a discussion please see Lisa Golombek, Robert B. Mason and Gauvin A. Bailey, Tamerlane's Tableware, Costa Mesa and Ontario, 1996.

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    Provenance

    Sharif Sabri Pasha Collection.
    Anon sale in these Rooms, 20 October 1992, lot 148 to the present owner