Lot 105. A Kashan blue, black and white glazed cockerel-head pottery ewer, Central Iran, 13th century; 9¾in. (24.6cm.) high. Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000. Price realised GBP 4,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010.
With drop-shaped body rising from short vertical foot to cockerel-head mouth with pronounced comb, simple handle, the body with a register of wide white interlacing strapwork forming cobalt circles with radiating black motif, above and below bands of white naskh reserved against black ground with Persian verses, a band of black waterweed on cobalt ground below, a similar band of calligraphy around the neck surrounded by further waterweed motifs, the eyes surrounded by cobalt circles and a series of small dots, repaired breaks, areas of restoration.
Provenance: Swiss Private Collection, Since 1974.
Christie's. Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds, London, 5 October 2010