A Mamluk or Timurid blue and white pottery bottle, Syria or Persia, 15th century. photo Sotheby's

the pear-shaped body with narrow tapering neck and straight raised foot, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue with an arabesque of scrolling tendrils issuing cloudband leaves and lotus heads. 28cm. height. Est. 5,000—8,000 GBP - Sold 12,500 GBP


A Safavid Gombroon pottery bowl, Persia, 17th century. photo Sotheby's

of elegant rounded form with a raised central boss enclosed by an eight-petalled rosette painted in blue, the walls with pierced "rice-grain" decoration, on a short foot-ring. 12cm. diam. Est. 5,000—7,000 GBP - Sold 7,250 GBP

NOTE: This is a beautiful example of one of the most refined forms of ceramic ever produced in Persia. The name "Gombroon" refers to the port of Gombroon, or Bandar Abbas, on the Persian Gulf where these wares were traded. The pierced decoration is in imitation of the "rice-grain" decoration in Chinese porcelain.


A Rare Safavid Blue And White Globular Footed Huqqa Base, Persia, 17th Century. photo Sotheby's

the globular body resting on a short narrow foot, decorated in underglaze blue with symmetrical scene depicting a man smoking a huqqa pipe surrounded by vegetation. 10.8cm. Est. 3,000—4,000 GBP - Sold 3,750 GBP

Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World. 07 Oct 09. London www.sothebys.com