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11 mars 2024

Iznik pottery hexagonal blue and white tile, Ottoman Empire, circa 1525

Iznik pottery hexagonal blue and white tile, Ottoman Empire, circa 1525

Iznik pottery hexagonal blue and white tile, Ottoman Empire, circa 1525. Dimensions: 21.5 x 24.5 cm. Price available upon inquiry. KENT ANTIQUES LIMITED at TEFAF 2024. © 2024 TEFAF

 

Provenance: Ex-Private French Collection, Purchased from Galerie Moreau-Gobard, between 1960-1980.
By repute acquired from the collection of Baronne Alphonse Delort de Gléon (1843-1899).

The name ‘Gouron 16’ is inscribed on the reverse of the present tile, in reference to Marcel Gouron-Boisvert, an architect involved in the designing of the Delort de Gléon villa in Cairo where Iznik tiles were used to decorate the interiors. Please see, Mercedes Volait, Antique Dealing and Creative Reuse in Cairo and Damascus 1850-1890, Brill, 2021, p. 157.
Marcel Gouron-Boisvert
French architect Marcel Gouron-Boisvert was born in 1840. He graduated from the École des Beaux-Arts
de Paris. He went to Egypt in 1872 to work on the construction of the equestrian statue of Muhammad Ali Pasha in Alexandria. He worked on the Zogheb Palace in Alexandria. Marcel also worked -together with his friend Charles Guimbard- on the designing
of Saint-Maurice’s House in Cairo. Iznik tiles, like the present one, were reused in these interiors to decorate door frames and surroundings. See for example the photograph in ibid, p. 162, Fig. 123.

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