Lot 249. An Iznik cobalt blue and white pottery tile fragment with a peacock, Turkey, circa 1540-50; 23.5 by 17.5cm. Estimate £2,000 - £3,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

decorated in underglaze cobalt blue and turquoise with peacock, mounted.

Provenance: Ex-collection Sir Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017).
Piasa, Paris, 5 December 2005, lot 18.

Note: The fine drawing like quality of this tile is exceptional. It is comparable to the drawings in the albums of Murad III (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna) and an ink drawing in the Topkapi Palace Library, Istanbul, inv.no. H.2135, fol.14a (illustrated in Raby & Atasoy 1989, pp.102-3, nos.115-7). A dish in the Österreichisches Handelsmuseum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, inv.no. OR788, demonstrates the same level of detail and quality, attributed to circa 1545.

Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World including Fine Rugs and Carpets, London, 01 May 2019, 10:30