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Lot 301. An Iznik pottery jug, Ottoman Turkey, circa 1560; 9 7/8in. (25cm.) highEstimate GBP 60,000 - GBP 80,000. Price realised GBP 61,250. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010. 

Of baluster form rising from short, slightly splayed foot to tapering neck with everted mouth and shaped spout, simple handle leading from the mouth to the body, the white ground decorated in cobalt-blue, bole-red, green and black with rows of sailing vessels with striped blue sails, around them red and green stylised wave-motifs and blue circles, around the neck a collar of S-shape motifs and blue lobes, around the foot a minor turquoise band above a design of triangular strapwork, the handle with a series of horizontal black dashes and two lines of cobalt, repairs to foot, minor restoration to mouth, glaze slightly matt.

Note: This remarkable very finely potted Iznik jug is of a form that is not seen in any other vessel. It has a form of spout that is found on four other ewers or carafes, three tall examples with high-shouldered body dating from 1540 (Nurhan Atasoy and Julian Raby, Iznik, the Pottery of Ottoman Turkey, London, 1989, pls.347-349), and one with very low slung body dating from around 1560-65 now in the al-Sabah Collection (Oliver Watson, Ceramics from Islamic Lands, London, 2004, no.T.10, pp.436-7). While the form of the spout in this ewer is similar to those, this full-bellied body is mid-way in form between the others.

The sailing ships are very well delineated, far better executed than on most vessels. This is a motif that was used on Iznik pottery since the early days of blue-and-white in the early 16th century, as shown by a famous dish in the Victoria and Albert Museum, and also a fragmentary tile sold in our Paris saleroom 7 March 2007, lot 144. For a discussion of the development of the design please see Gönül Öney: "Iznik Pottery Embracing the High Seas",P, Art and Culture Magazine, Spring 2003, Issue 8, pp.78-91. The drawing of the individual ships on this jug is very similar indeed to that on a dish in the Louvre (published by Öney as being in the Barlow Collection) with their turquoise superstructures with hatching fore and aft, and their three neat black dots on the main rope (Atasoy and Raby, op.cit., pl.753). It is very probable that they were decorated by the same potter.

 

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Lot 284. An Iznik pottery dish, Ottoman Turkey, circa 1565; 12in. (30.5cm.) diamEstimate GBP 7,000 - GBP 10,000. Price realised GBP 22,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010. 

With sloping rim on short foot, the white body decorated under the glaze with a finely drawn design in bole-red, cobalt-blue, turquoise and black comprising a central spray of five polychrome flowers framed by two sprays of hyacinths and further flowers, the cusped rim with wave and rock design, the reverse with pairs of tulips alternating with blue and green rosettes, large hair cracks, firing crack, small rim repairs.

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Lot 282. An Iznik pottery dish, Ottoman Turkey, circa 1580; 11 1/8in. (28.3cm.) diamEstimate GBP 10,000 - GBP 15,000. Price realised GBP 15,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010

With sloping rim on short foot, the white ground decorated in bole-red, cobalt-blue, green and black with a finely drawn floral spray of tulips, carnations and other flowers issuing from a central tuft, half palmettes emerging from the border of the cusped border, the similarly cusped rim with wave and rock design, the underside with paired blue tulips alternating with blue and green rosettes, rim and foot drilled.

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Lot 280. An Iznik pottery bowl, Ottoman Turkey, circa 1590; 11 7/8in. (30.2cm.) diamEstimate GBP 5,000 - GBP 8,000. Price realised GBP 12,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010. 

With sloping rim on short foot, the white interior decorated in bole-red, cobalt-blue, green and black with a central roundel with tripartite floral spray reserved against cobalt-blue ground, surrounded by small concentric circles and four similar roundels with the design reserved against red and green ground, the roundels alternated with blue palmettes, the border with wave and rock motif, the exterior with alternating rosettes and paired tulips, firing crack in centre, hair cracks to rim.

Provenance: Property of the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, Sold to Benefit its Acquisition Fund.

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Lot 285. An Iznik pottery dish, Ottoman Turkey, circa 1590; 10 3/8in. (26.4cm.) diamEstimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000. Price realised GBP 4,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010

With sloping rim on short foot, the white interior decorated in bole-red, cobalt-blue, green and black with a design centred around a central rosette issuing leaves and paired tulips, around this four cusped cartouches filled with green fish-scale, two with central rosettes, these cartouches alternated with further floral sprays, border with wave and rock motif, exterior with alternating green flowerheads and paired tulips, repaired breaks.

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Lot 300. An Iznik pottery dish, Ottoman Turkey, circa 1590; 11½in. (29.2cm.) diamEstimate GBP 5,000 - GBP 7,000. Price realised GBP 27,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010

Of shallow form on short foot and with everted rim, the white interior painted in bole-red, green and cobalt-blue within black outlines with a central spray of carnations issuing from a blue vase and surrounded by sprays of small blue flowers, blue and red palmette-motif at the top and half palmettes to either side of the composition, the border with a design of reciprocal blue and white cusped zig-zags containing small green leaves, the exterior with alternating green cloudbands and blue rosettes, yellow staining to surface, intact.

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Lot 281. A rimless Iznik pottery dish, Ottoman Turkey, circa 1600; 11¾in. (29.5cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 4,000. Price realised GBP 17,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010.

With sloping rim on short foot, the white body painted under the glaze in bole-red, cobalt-blue, green and black with a floral spray comprising carnations, tulips and large curling saz leaves, the border with interlacing S-motifs with alternating red and blue interstices, the exterior with alternating blue roundels and flowerheads, foot drilled, hair crack.

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Lot 286. An Iznik pottery dish, Ottoman Turkey, circa 1620; 11 3/8in. (28.9cm.) diamEstimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 4,000. Price realised GBP 4,375. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010.

With sloping rim on short foot, the white slip painted under the glaze with a green ground decorated with bole-red, cobalt-blue and black forming a bold pattern of palmettes and arabesques issuing from a central red and blue flowerhead, the rim with black wave and rock motif, the exterior with alternating blue roundel and green cloud-band motifs, foot drilled, repaired breaks.

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Lot 283. A large Iznik pottery dish, Ottoman Turkey, circa 1630; 13 5/8in. (34.6cm.) diamEstimate GBP 7,000 - GBP 10,000. Price realised GBP 7,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010.

With sloping rim on short foot, the white interior with a central bole-red roundel decorated in cobalt-blue, turquoise and black with a central flowerhead roundel issuing three cartouches containing palmettes on green ground flanked by white and blue arabesques, the roundel surrounded by a dense border of half-palmettes, the rim with wave and rock motif, the exterior with alternating small blue roundels and palmettes, foot drilled.

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Lot 307. An Iznik pottery dish, Ottoman Turkey, early 17th century; 11 7/8in. (30.1cm.) diamEstimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000. Price realised GBP 4,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010.

With sloping rim on short foot, the white interior decorated in bole-red, cobalt-blue, green and black with a central saz leaf with white, red and gold highlights surrounded by a floral spray comprising tulips, carnations and roses, the border with wave and rock design, the exterior with alternating green and blue motifs, with gilt highlights, foot drilled, repaired breaks, areas of restoration.

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Lot 308. An Iznik pottery dish, Ottoman Turkey, early 17th century; 11¾in. (30cm.) diamEstimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000. Price realised GBP 4,750. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010.

With sloping rim on short foot, the white interior decorated in bole-red, cobalt-blue, green and black, with a florals spray design comprising tulips, carnations and roses emerging from a central shrub and bisected by a saz leaf, the border with wave and rock design, the exterior with alternating green and blue motifs, with gilt highlights, foot drilled, repaired breaks, areas of restoration.

Christie's. Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds, London, 5 October 2010