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A POTTERY MOSQUE LAMP
A POTTERY MOSQUE LAMP

BY THÉODORE DECK, FRANCE, CIRCA 1860

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A POTTERY MOSQUE LAMP
BY THÉODORE DECK, FRANCE, CIRCA 1860
Of typical form, the white body and neck decorated with registers of bold Iznik-style floral motifs on pounced ground, the neck with three blazons with saddled horse blazons and alternated with a floral spray, each register and medallion surrounded with a band of white floral or geometric design on cobalt-blue ground, the foot and underside of the body with similar decoration on brown ground, the underside of the foot with the makers' stamp, some running of the glaze
14 1/8in. (35.9cm.) high

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Thédore Deck (1823-1891) was one of the first artists to explore the decorative repertoire offered by Islamic art. The opening of the Musée des Thermes - Hôtel de Cluny in 1844 where numerous examples of Islamic ceramics were on display and the publication of Recueil de dessins pour l'art et l'industrie by Collinot and Beaumont in 1859 which contained numerous illustrations of Islamic vessels provided him with a rich source of inspiration. The Mamluk glass mosque lamp from the Rothschild collection published in the Recueil, in the name of 'Ali bin Baktamur, was the prototype for Deck's pottery mosque lamp as it bears this particular blazon with white horse with ceremonial saddle on red middle field. The Rothschild's lamp was also copied by Joseph Philippe Brocard circa 1867. Deck presented his first 'Rhodian' ceramic in Paris's 1861 Exposition des Produits de l'Industrie where he won the silver medal. He then exhibited in London's 1862 International Exhibition.

Théodore Deck gave his name to the very specific deep-turquoise blue glaze decorating this lamp called 'bleu de Deck'. It is made of potash, carbonate of soda and chalk.

A similar pottery lamp was sold at Sotheby's, London, 01 April 2009, lot 220.
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