2020_CKS_18371_0051_000(a_safavid_green-glazed_pottery_ewer_iran_first_half_17th_century)

Lot 51. A Safavid green-glazed pottery ewer, Iran, first half 17th century; 15 5/8in. (39.5cm.) highEstimate GBP 6,000 - GBP 8,000 (USD 7,536 - USD 10,048). © Christie's Images Ltd 2020. 

On short foot, the green-glazed bulbous body tapering to a narrow neck, decorated with repeated floral rosettes, later Qajar brass handle, spout and lid, the neck with repaired break, small chips to foot

Note: This ewer covered with an opaque pale green glaze belongs to a small, distinctive group of Safavid monochrome glazed pottery designed to imitate Chinese celadon ware. Thin smears of ‘golden syrup’ glaze different in colour from the rest of the body were commonly applied under the foot, as also seen in our example. The form of the ewer is based on 17th century Safavid metalwork. There is a pale-green glazed ewer of comparable form and with a similar band of moulded rosettes around the neck in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (acc.no. 1300-1876; Lane, 1957, p.71, ill.p.108, plate 93C). For two Safavid bottles in this sale with monochrome glaze and floral decoration, see lots 49 and 50.

Christie's. Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets, London, 2 April 2020