21 avril 2018

A monumental Safavid blue and white pottery dish, Persia, probably Kirman, 17th century

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Lot 130. A monumental Safavid blue and white pottery dish, Persia, probably Kirman, 17th century; 10.6cm. height; 53.8cm. diam. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 GBP (8,266 - 11,022 USD)Lot Sold 15,000 GBP (17,166 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's 2018.

of large shallow rounded form, decorated in underglaze blue shades with a dense foliate composition comprising dragons, birds and architectural screens.

Provenance: Bernheimer, Munchen 1968.
Dr. Ignazio Vok (b.1938).
An architect by training, Vok is also a renowned collector, whose eclectic taste, spanning Chinese celadons, ceramics and furniture as well as Anatolian Kilims and Suzanis has been the subject of numerous catalogues and exhibitions. 

ExhibitedChinese Ceramics from the Collection of Ignazio Vok, Museum fur Ostasiatische unst der Stadt Koln, Cologne, 7 May – 28 August 1983.
Chinese Ceramics from the Collection of Ignazio Vok, Museum Rietberg, Haus zum Kiel, Zurich, 6 October 1983 – 8 January 1984.

LiteratureSeladon Swatow Blauweiss, Chinese Ceramics from the Collection of Ignazio Vok, no.29.

Note: This dish, with its exceptional and dense floral designs, belongs to a group whose decoration is described by Yolande Crowe as "luscious flowers" (Similar examples are illustrated in Y. Crowe, Persia and China: Safavid blue and white ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1501-1738, London, 2002, pp.228-9, nos.391 and 392). 

Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World, London, 25 Apr 2018, 10:30 AM 


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