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Lot 155. An Iznik polychrome pottery dish with a prunus tree, Turkey, circa 1575-85; 29cm. diam. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 GBP. Lot Sold 15,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's 2014.

of shallow round form, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue and relief red with a central prunus tree also issuing tulip buds against a turquoise ground, with an abstract border, the exterior with tulip buds and flowerheads, old collection label to underside.

Provenance: Ex-Jacques Soustiel collection

Note: Variations of the prunus tree motif with tulip buds, depicted on backgrounds of different colours and showing the use of stencils on Iznik pottery can be seen in a number of comparable examples now in museums such as the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Museum, Lisbon, inv. no. 787 & no.798 and the British Museum, London, inv. no. FB.IS.4 (see Atasoy and Raby 1989, nos. 746, 747, 748).

Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World, London, 08 Oct 2014