Lot 75. An Iznik pottery tile, Ottoman Turkey, circa 1575; 10 x 10 ¼in. (25.3 x 25.9cm.). Estimate: GBP 7,000 - GBP 10,000. Sold for: GBP 17,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021.
The white ground decorated with an oval cartouche enclosing a tulip and carnation spray on a cobalt-blue ground within a lobed bole-red border, each corner with part of a stylised palmette with tulips in cobalt-blue, bole-red and green, a repaired crack, otherwise in good condition.
Provenance: Collection of Krishnâ Riboud (1926-2000), Paris
Sold Pierre Bergé & Associes, Paris, 27 April 2007, lot 212.
Note: A panel of four tiles of the near-identical design is in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Remi Labrusse (ed.), Purs Decors? Arts de l’Islam, regards du XIX siècle, exhibition catalogue, Paris, 2008, p.141, cat.no.103). Others decorate the tomb of Sultan Selim II in the Hagia Sofia, attributable to 1574-75 (see one published Nurhan Atasoy and Julian Raby, Iznik, the Pottery of Ottoman Turkey, London, 1989, p.247, cat.479). A related tile with cartouche design although the borders there made up of small blue saz leaves, sold in these Rooms, 28 October 2020, lot 127.
Christie's. Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds including Oriental Rugs and Carpets, 1 april 2021.