Lot 92. An Iznik pottery dish, Ottoman Turkey, circa 1590; 12in. (30.6cm.) diam. Estimate: GBP 6,000 - GBP 8,000. Sold for: GBP 6,875. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021.
The interior decorated in cobalt-blue, bole-red, turquoise and black on white ground with a central radiating rosette within a cloud surrounded by scrolls, within repeated overlapping lobed motif borders, the underside plain, losses to glaze around the rim, intact.
Provenance: Anon. sale in these Rooms, 14 October 2003, lot 71.
Note: Iznik dishes with similar so-called kaleidoscopic designs are published by Nurhan Atasoy and Julian Raby, Iznik, the Pottery of Ottoman Turkey, London, 1989, p.243, cat.462-470. Like ours those dishes often have a radiating motif based around a central flowerhead. A number of them also employ the use of small black scrolls in the background. An almost identical dish is in the Ashmolean Museum, attributed to circa 1585-90 (inv.no.1978-1452; Nurhan Atasoy and Julian Raby, Iznik, the Pottery of Ottoman Turkey, London, 1989, no.767).
Christie's. Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds including Oriental Rugs and Carpets, 1 april 2021