• 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 187

    AN IZNIK POTTERY DISH

    OTTOMAN TURKEY, CIRCA 1560

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    AN IZNIK POTTERY DISH
    OTTOMAN TURKEY, CIRCA 1560
    With sloping rim on short foot, the lavender slip ground painted in white, green and bole-red with a central floral spray with a band of white flowerheads around three white ones, this medallion framed with two hyacinth sprays, the rim with alternated double headed red tulips and single white flowerheads, the reverse with similar white flowerheads alternated with sprays of red flowers, hole drilled in rim, haircracks, intact
    10in. (25.4cm.) diam.


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    In the mid-16th century, after the introduction of bole-red (ca. 1557), experiments began with other colours ranging from ochre and chocolate brown to coral and lavender blue which were applied as a slip for background colours (and sometimes also used within the decorative motifs). It was however a technique which required great skill and was not continued much beyond 1570.

    In both its use of colours and in the decorative motifs with floral sprays forming an ogvial motif at the centre of the bowl, the present dish bears similarity to one from the Brocklebank Collection now in the collection of Magdalen College, Oxford (Nurhan Atasoy and Julian Raby, Iznik. The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey, London, 1989, no. 682, p. 300). That dish however had a cusped rim. A rimless shallow dish, similar in form to the present, and also with lavender ground is in the Musée de la Renaissance, Château d'Ecouen (inv. no. cl. 8550, Atasoy and Raby, op. cit., no. 708, p.318).

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