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  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    1800-70 (mounted)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, underglaze painted in blue; brass, engraved

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 30, shelf 1

Physical description

Sprinkler of fritware, with bulbous body, painted in underglaze blue with storks and animals in ogival panels amidst floral scrolls; mounted with engraved brass handle, spout, neck and lid of later date.

Place of Origin

Iran (made)


1800-70 (mounted)



Materials and Techniques

Fritware, underglaze painted in blue; brass, engraved


Height: 38.1 cm, Diameter: 20.3 cm

Object history note

This object was purchased in Tehran in 1873, by Robert Murdoch Smith on behalf of the Museum. In his first bulk acquisition for the South Kensington Museum (today the V&A), Murdoch Smith had bought "a considerable collection" of over 100 examples of metalwork, ceramic, inlaid woodwork and textile from different local sources, including French diplomat Emile Charles Bernay and four art-dealers: Nasrullah Dellal, Abu'l-Hassan Dellal, Abdul-Husayn and Reza Kashi of Tehran. Many further acquisitions followed in the years 1873-1878 and 1883-1885, most extensively from the art-dealer Jules Richard, long resident in Tehran.

Descriptive line

Ewer for chilled water, fritware, of flattened round form (the neck spout and handle missing) painted in underglaze blue with panels of cranes in flight; Iran, 1630-60: with later replacement mounts in brass with engraved decoration; Iran, 1800-70

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

Crowe, Yolande, Persia and China: Safavid Blue and White Ceramics in the Victoria & Albert Museum (1501-1738) (London : Thames and Hudson, 2002): cat. no. 79, p.86.

Production Note



Fritware; Brass (alloy)


Painted; Mounted

Subjects depicted

Animals; Floral scrolls; Stork (bird)




Middle East Section

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