A COMPOSITE SAFAVID CUERDA SECA TILE PANEL
A COMPOSITE SAFAVID CUERDA SECA TILE PANEL
A COMPOSITE SAFAVID CUERDA SECA TILE PANEL
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A COMPOSITE SAFAVID CUERDA SECA TILE PANEL

IRAN, 17TH CENTURY

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A COMPOSITE SAFAVID CUERDA SECA TILE PANEL
IRAN, 17TH CENTURY
Comprising twelve square and rectangular tiles, decorated in yellow, blue, green, turquoise, black and white, the rectangular central field with foliate pattern on a blue ground, the broad inner border with depictions of waterfowl and foliate designs on a yellow ground, the two thin outer borders with a foliate pattern on a blue ground and a repeating pattern of cusped palmettes in black and yellow, backed with plaster, with numerous repaired breaks across the panel
28 x 28 1⁄8in. (71 x 71.5cm)
Provenance
French trade, 1990
Further details
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Lot Essay

The cuerda seca tiles of Safavid Iran are remarkable in their use of strong yellows, greens, blues and turquoises and likely adorned the walls of palace gardens throughout Iran. A single border tile from the same commission was sold at Sotheby's Amsterdam, 27 September 2006, lot 1142.

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