Lot 252. A Kutahya pottery pilgrim's flask, Ottoman Turkey, 18th century; 7 7/8in. (20cm.) high. Estimate GBP 6,000 - GBP 8,000. Price realised GBP 49,875. © Christie's Image Ltd 2013
With flat rounded body and cylindrical neck with widely flaring mouth, each side moulded with two concentric circles, the white surface densely decorated in yellow, bole-red, cobalt-blue, turquoise and black with a central floral spray which grows in opposite directions to each side surrounded by minor registers of flowering vine or zig-zag leaf motifs, the border with a series of cusped cartouches filled with small roundels and on a ground of floral spray, chip to mouth, small areas of restoration.
Note: A similar pilgrim flask is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Arthur Lane, Later Islamic Pottery, London, 1971, no.51, p.65).
Christie's. Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds, London, 25 April 2013