A monumental Safavid blue and white dish, Persia, 17th Century - Sotheby's

of shallow round form on a low wide foot, decorated in grey-blue with a central design featuring a lush bouquet of lotus blossoms emanating from a vase, surrounded by an eight bracket Kraak frame filled with alternating panels of vegetal and tree designs between a geometric lattice, the reverse with similar frames encompassing floral motifs, the base with a pseudo-Chinese mark; 51.5cm. diam. Estimation: 10,000 - 12,000 GBP

NOTE: A notable increase in the exportation of Chinese blue and white porcelain occurred during the reign of Shah ‘Abbas I (r. 1587–1629), inspiring local potters who created designs in which Chinese and Persian motifs converged. The eight arches on the rim of the present dish ultimately derive from a design hat originated in the Tang Dynasty (618–907), which has been associated with the flattened petals of the lotus that decorated Buddhist paintings and artworks (Crowe 2002, p.61). A direct influence came from Kraak wares, a term used to describe a specific typeof Chinese export wares to Europe. This dish can be compared to a number of similar Safavid examples in the Victoria and Albert Museum, see: Crowe 2002, pp.61-66, nos.21-36

Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World. London | 24 avr. 2013 - www.sothebys.com