Lot 21. A Kashan moulded lustre and cobalt-blue calligraphic pottery tile, Ilkhanid Iran, Late 13th-14th century; 16 x 1 ½ x 7 ½ (40.5 x 4 x 19.5cm). without frame. Estimate: GBP 25,000 - GBP 30,000. Sold for: GBP 60,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021.
Moulded with a bold cobalt-blue inscription in thuluth on dense scrolling foliate lustre ground, framed.
Provenance: Kunsthaus am Museum, Van-Ham Kunstauktionen, Cologne, Auction 49a, 23 November 1971, lot 439, to current owner.
Note: The Qur'anic inscription on this tile is executed in elegant, cobalt-blue thuluth that stands out in relief against the lustre foliate ground. Its decorative style, imposing calligraphy and size indicate that it would have formed part of an architectural frieze, set above a dado of geometric, star-shaped tiles of the same style. The absence of figural details on our tile, such as birds within the foliage, suggests that it was made for a mosque or religious structure, where the strict aniconic rule applies. A number of similar tiles now form part of prominent museum collections including a particularly close example in the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (inv.no. B60P2132). A comparable tile whose inscription comprises the following part of this Qur’anic verse was recently sold in these Rooms, 2 May 2019, lot 21. Another example sold at Sotheby’s, London, 9 April 2014, lot 2.
Tile with calligraphy, Iran, probably Kashan. Composite-body ceramic (fritware) with overglaze luster decoration. H. 8 3/4 in x W. 16 3/8 in x D. 1 3/4 in, H. 22.2 cm x W. 41.6 cm x D. 4.4 cm. The Avery Brundage Collection, inv.no. B60P2132. © Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
A Kashan moulded lustre and cobalt-blue calligraphic pottery tile, Ilkhanid Iran, Late 13th-14th century; 8 x 15 ¾in. (20.4 x 40cm.). Estimate GBP 20,000 - GBP 30,000 (USD 26,080 - USD 39,120). Price realised GBP 52,500 at Christie's London, 2 May 2019, lot 21. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019
A Kashan calligraphic lustre pottery tile, Persia, circa 1275-1325; 20.5 by 40cm. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 GBP. Lot sold 25,000 GBP at Sotheby’s, London, 9 April 2014, lot 2. Photo Sotheby's.
Christie's. Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds including Oriental Rugs and Carpets, 1 april 2021.