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  • Place of origin:

    Iznik (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1590-1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, polychrome underglaze painted, glazed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Islamic Middle East, Room 42, The Jameel Gallery, case WN4, shelf 2

The Ottoman court's patronage of Iznik ceramics was renewed during the construction of the Süleymaniye mosque in Istanbul in 1550-7. The first Iznik tiles were produced, and a bright red was added to the range of colours painted under the glaze. This was achieved with a slip made from a special clay.

In the following decades, tiles of high quality were decorated in red, green and tones of blue on a white ground. Dishes, bottles and other vessels had similar decoration on white or coloured grounds.

By the 1530s, small sprays of tulips and other recognisable flowers were a common motif, but from the 1550s these were replaced by compositions on a larger scale, such as this design with a ewer.

Physical description

Plate with red patterned ewer in centre, surrounded by blue, red and green floral design. Main ground white. Border has Chinese wave-scroll motif on blue ground interspaced with curling leaves.

Place of Origin

Iznik (probably, made)


1590-1600 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Fritware, polychrome underglaze painted, glazed


Diameter: 33.0 cm, Height: 7 cm

Descriptive line

Dish with depiction of large red ewer, Turkey (Iznik), ca. 1590-1600.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Nurhan Atasoy and Julian Raby, Iznik: The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey (London: Alexandria Press, 1989), fig. 779.

Labels and date

Dish with Ewer
Turkey, probably Iznik
Fritware painted under the glaze
Museum no. C.2044-1910
Bequest of George Salting [Jameel Gallery]






Middle East Section

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