Lot 68. A Kashan lustre pottery bottle, Persia, late 12th Century; 35.5 cm. high. Estimate: £ 2,000 - 4,000 (€ 2,200 - 4,300). Courtesy Bonhams.
of piriform on a splayed foot, the long cylindrical neck with two raised band terminating in a long flaring scalloped rim, decorated in a brownish-gold lustre with frieze of large seated figures interspersed by an oil lamp, a ewer and a plate of food, a band of inscription below, the neck and shoulder with vegetal interlace and floral motifs.
Provenance: Private French collection.
Note: Inscriptions: a repeat of al-'izz wa al-iqbal, 'Glory and prosperity'.
This example is decorated in the 'Monumental' style which developed towards the end of the 12th century. Typified by brownish-gold lustre on a white ground with bold, large-scale decoration on an ornate ground depicting subjects such as horsemen, animals, or seated figures as in the present lot.
Bonhams. Islamic and Indian Art, London, New Bond Street, 11 June 2020, 11:00 BST