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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 126

    A TIMURID BLUE, WHITE AND TURQUOISE GLAZED POTTERY DISH

    CENTRAL ASIA OR NORTH IRAN, 15TH CENTURY

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    A TIMURID BLUE, WHITE AND TURQUOISE GLAZED POTTERY DISH
    CENTRAL ASIA OR NORTH IRAN, 15TH CENTURY
    Of shallow rounded form with sloping rim on white central foot, the white interior with three central turquoise roundels issuing paired tapering leaves, the rim with three groups of four roundels each flanked by leaves between plain turquoise stripes, the exterior plain, repairs to rim
    13¾in. (35cm.) diam.


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    Ernst Grube wrote a short article questioning the origin of the roundels that are frequently found in pottery dishes of this period (Ernst J. Grube, "Pomegranates, Lychees or Loquats, an offering of Timirud Chinese Fruits", in Patricia L. Baker and Barbara Brend (eds.), Sifting Sands, Reading Signs, London, 2006, pp.209-214). He poses there the question about what the orign of these motifs are, coming to the conclusion that they are clearly from a Chinese original. He does not attempt to explain why they became quite so popular throughout the Timurid world. Please see also the note to the following lot.

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