Lot 95. A pair of Iznik pottery tiles, Ottoman Turkey, circa 1570. Each 9 ½ x 9 ½in. (24.5 x 24.5cm.)Estimate: GBP 18,000 - GBP 24,000. Sold for: GBP 21,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021.

The white ground decorated in cobalt-blue, bole-red, green and turquoise with two saz leaves overlaid with tulips surrounded by flowering prunus blossoms, beneath a red cartouche with tulips, similar partial cartouches in the lower corners, blue part palmettes in the upper corners.

Provenance: Ader Picard Tajan, Art Islamique, Tableaux Orientalistes, Hotel Drouot, Paris, 27 and 28 May 1991, lot 80.

NoteThis pair of tiles is from a group associated with the Eyüp shrine and mosque complex on the Golden Horn in Istanbul. A large panel from the baths at Eyüp is in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (acc.no.401:1 to 24-1900). Other panels are in the Louvre, Paris, the Gulbenkian, Lisbon and the David Collection, Copenhagen (the latter published Nurhan Atasoy and Julian Raby, Iznik, the Pottery of Ottoman Turkey, London, 1989, p.247, cat.477). A single tile of the same design sold in these Rooms, 7 April 2011, lot 112. Another pair was sold Christie’s, Paris 7 March 2007, lot 130.

Christie's. Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds including Oriental Rugs and Carpets, 1 april 2021