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Dish

  • Place of origin:

    Iznik (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1590-1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, polychrome underglaze painted, glazed

  • Museum number:

    C.2044-1910

  • 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)

Date

1590-1600 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Fritware, polychrome underglaze painted, glazed

Dimensions

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

Jameel Gallery

Variety of Shape and Design
The shapes of Iznik vessels were derived from sources as varied as metalwork (9–11), leatherwork (14) and Chinese and Italian ceramics. Models included the Chinese ‘grape dish’ (2) and the Italian tondino form (15).

By the 1530s, small sprays of tulips and other recognisable flowers were a common motif (9, 10, 15), but from the 1550s these were replaced by compositions on a larger scale. Many were originally developed for tilework (1, 3).

6 Dish with Ewer
Turkey, probably Iznik
1590-1600
Fritware painted under the glaze
Museum no. C.2044-1910
Bequest of George Salting [Jameel Gallery]

Materials

Fritware

Categories

Ceramics

Collection

Middle East Section

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