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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 171

    AN IZNIK TANKARD

    OTTOMAN TURKEY, CIRCA 1590

    Price Realised  

    AN IZNIK TANKARD
    OTTOMAN TURKEY, CIRCA 1590
    Of unusual tapering cylindrical form, the white body decorated in cobalt blue, bole-red, green and black with two bands both comprising alternating saz leaves and floral sprays all curving to the right and bordered by two minor bands of blue and green, with a simple curving handle decorated with blue dashes, minor chips to rim and handle, otherwise intact
    6 3/8in. (16.5cm.)


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    The form of this mug is taken directly from a metalwork prototype. A small number of other examples are known, all of which can be dated to the last two decades of the sixteenth century (Nurhan Atasoy and Julian Raby, Iznik, London, 1989, nos.616 and 619-621, pp.276-7). A mug in the David Collection, Copenhagen, is particularly similar to the present lot with its two bands of floral decoration (no.619; also Kjeld v. Folsach, Art from the World of Islam in the David Collection, Copenhagen, 2001, no.274, p.191).

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