Lot 119. A Kashan bird-headed pottery ewer, Persia, early 13th century; 29cm. Estimate 25,000 — 35,000 GBP. Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's 2018.
of elongated baluster form, the body narrowing to a neck with flaring mouth in the form of a rooster's head with black details for eyes and crown, with curved, feather-like handle, the body decorated with bulbous drop form designs, each containing black tendrils.
Note: This bird-headed ewer is of a rare form which perhaps finds its genesis in Persian metalwork of the period. A comparable example is in the David Collection, Copenhagen, inv. no.ISL 23. The water-weed design which embellishes this example first appears in Persian underglaze-painted wares in the early thirteenth century. These wares, decorated using a brush, superseded the earlier and more-labour intensive slip-carved 'Silhouette wares'. The brush had several advantages over the knife: not only did it speed up the design process, but it also allowed for more fluid and painterly decoration, such as on this example.
Lot 121. A Kashan pottery bowl with stylised leaf motifs and inscriptions, Persia, early 13th century; 9.8cm. height; 21.8cm. diam. Estimate 25,000 — 30,000 GBP. Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's 2018.
of deep form with flaring walls on a low foot, intact, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue with black under a transparent colourless glaze, with a central inscriptive roundel with six radiating black ribbon bands, each with a line of cursive naskh script, the interstices with large palmette and seaweed motifs, the exterior with foliate sprays.
Around the base:
‘Perpetual glory and increasing prosperity and triumphant victory and happiness and well-being… and victory and [Prophet’s] intercession and victory and long-life to its owner’
On the wall panels, repeat of: ‘Perpetual glory and increasing prosperity and’
Lot 112. A monumental Kashan turquoise-glazed moulded pottery jar, Persia, 13th century; 37.5cm. height. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 GBP. Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's 2018.
the frit body with moulded decoration featuring a griffin-like bird attacking its prey and parts of a bold Kufic inscription, with foliate details, under a turquoise glaze.
Inscriptions: Possibly: ‘And joy and wealth (?)’
It is rare to find examples of moulded decoration under a turquoise glaze on a monumental scale such as this jar. A comparable piece, in shape and decoration, under a turquoise glaze, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv. no.39.189). Measuring eighty centimetres, it was designed with three registers below a calligraphic line at the neck. It features winged griffins, a favoured Seljuk bird, which help us to identify the birds on the present example.
Lot 116. A Kashan lustre pottery dish with birds, Persia, 13th century; 5.4cm. height; 22.2cm. diam. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 GBP. Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's 2018.
of shallow rounded form with a slightly everted rim on a short foot, intact, painted in light lustre with two birds in the centre surrounded by a foliate border, with a pseudo-calligraphic band near the rim, the exterior with scrolling details.
Inscriptions: A repeat of a few letters, possibly: al-‘izz ‘Glory’ or a part of al-bara[kah] ‘Blessing’.
Lot 115. A Kashan lustre pottery bowl with radiating inscriptions, Persia, 13th century; 9.8cm. height; 20.4cm. diam. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 GBP. Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's 2018.
of truncated conical form with flaring walls, intact, on a straight vertical foot, painted in a deep honey-coloured lustre, the interior with radiating bands alternating between lustre on white and white on lustre inscriptions, the exterior with a large band containing stylised scrolls.
Lot 118. A Kashan blue, black and white conical pottery bowl, Persia, 13th century; 9.2cm. height; 20.2cm. diam. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 GBP. Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's 2018.
the earthenware body of deep conical form, white interior painted with radiating alternating cobalt blue and black paired stripes, plain exterior.
Provenance: Christie’s, London, 13 April 2010, lot 7.
Lot 122. A Kashan blue-glazed moulded pottery bottle vase, Persia, 12th century; 28.5cm. Estimate 3,000 — 5,000 GBP. Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's 2018.
the frit body of baluster form with a compressed globular base resting on a short foot, the narrow tapering neck joined to a wide flaring fluted mouth of tulip form, decorated in dark blue glaze with a moulded calligraphic and foliate design on the curving shoulder.
Inscriptions: ‘Blessing and good-fortune and joy and happiness and...’