• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7751

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    6 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 130

    A SAFAVID BLUE, BLACK AND WHITE POTTERY JAR

    IRAN, 16TH CENTURY

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    A SAFAVID BLUE, BLACK AND WHITE POTTERY JAR
    IRAN, 16TH CENTURY
    With rounded body rising from a short foot to an everted rim, the underglaze decoration with black floral sprays within cobalt-blue lobed medallions alternating with floral palmettes above and below, a band with a sketchily-drawn floral scroll above the shoulder, the rim and foot highlighted with cobalt-blue lines, restored foot and rim chip
    9¼in. (23.4cm.)


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    This very finely potted fritware jar is similar by its technique and quality to a group of blue painted bowls probably originating from Samarkand and datable to the first half of the 15th century (Lisa Golombek et al., Tamerlane's Tableware, Toronto, 1996, p. 114, pl. 26-27). However, with its floral sprays delicately drawn in black, the decoration is more similar in style to that found on Kirman pottery vessels on blue or green ground from the first half of the 17th century which this jar would therefore have anticipated. A blue and white pottery jar of identical shape is in the Tareq Rajab Museum(Géza Fehérvári, Ceramics of the Islamic World, London, 2001, p. 237, no. 303).

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