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Lot 14. Seljuk or Ilkhanate tile frieze, Kashan, Ca. 12th-13th century ADSize: L:250mm / W:193mm ; 1.57kgEstimate £750-£1,500. © Apollo Art Auctions

A rectangular-shaped pottery tile with a brown ground decorated with a dotted and vegetal motifs and navy glazed calligraphy in relief. This tile, which would have originally been one of a series of tiles running along the wall of a building, is a testament to the technical skills of Seljuk craftsmen.

Provenance: Private London collection of Early Islamic Art - M.A.; formerly acquired on the UK art market since the 1980s.

Note: For further discussion of Seljuk tiles, see Oktay Aslanapa, Herman Kreider & Sheila M. O'Callaghan (1961). Turkish Arts: Seljuk and Ottoman carpets, Tiles and Miniature Paintings.

Apollo Art Auctions.  ANCIENT & ISLAMIC ART. London, Aug 28, 2022.