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Four Safavid square tiles with figures, Kubachi, Persia, late 16th Century - Sotheby's

comprising four fritware tiles, each of square form, the underglaze decoration painted in cobalt blue, green, turquoise, purple, ochre, relief red and outlined in black, each featuring a figure, including two women holding a floral stem and two men, one holding a flower and the other a pomegranate  Quantité: 4 - 19.2 by 19.1cm.; 19 by 18.4cm.; 16.9 by 16.7cm.; 16.6 by 16.5cm. Estimation: 8,000 - 10,000 GBP

NOTE: Four similar tiles, two depicting women and two men, are now in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, inv. nos. AD 27812-27814; AD 27816 and on display in the Islamic Art Gallery in the Musée du Louvre, Paris. They are attributedto Isfahan, between 1590-1630, helping to place the present group in a similar context. The theme of romanceappears frequently on art of the Safavid period, and comparisons can be drawn across various media, notably in thelinear qualities of the present figures with the repertoire of design originally associated with paintings in illustratedmanuscripts accompanying love stories and poems.

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