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Lot 172. An Iznik pottery dish, Ottoman Turkey, circa 1600. Estimate £8,000 - £12,000 ($11,376 - $17,064). Price Realized £21,250 ($30,218). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016

With sloping rim on short foot, the white ground painted in cobalt-blue, bole-red, green and black with a central roundel filled with four crouching or sitting animals reserved against green ground, surrounded by a ring of red palmettes, the rim with a band of wave-and-rock motif between simple black bands, the exterior with alternating small green and blue motifs, foot drilled, old collector's label to underside, hair crack, intact; 12 1/8in. (30.8cm.) diam.

NoteFor a discussion on the representation of animals on Iznik vessels, together with suggestions on its links with Balkan metalwork and its imagery as the garden of paradise see Nurhan Atasoy and Julian Raby, Iznik, the Pottery of Ottoman Turkey, London, 1989, p.256 and M. Wenzel, 'Early Ottoman silver and Iznik pottery design', Apollo, vol. CXXX, no.331, September 1989. An animal design dish surrounded by a band of red palmettes very closely related to those found on our dish was sold in these Rooms, 26 April 2012, lot 274.

Christie's. ART OF THE ISLAMIC & INDIAN WORLDS, 21 April 2016, London, King Street