22 January 2003
A VERY LARGE IRON-RED AND GILT ROSEWATER DISH
First half 18th century
The Middle Eastern metalwork form having a domed center decorated with lightly molded bands of egg-and-dart, the dished well with five formalized peony sprays in tones of iron-red and gilt
21 7/8in. (55.5cm.) diam.
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Sold Sotheby's New York, 23 January 1992, lot 390
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