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  • Place of origin:

    Iznik (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, polychrome underglaze painted, glazed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 27, shelf 1

Physical description

Jug of glazed buff-coloured fritware, with a bulbous body, slightly expanding neck, and curved handle. Painted in red, blue and green round the body with five blue pomegranate-shaped cartouches, each containing a symmetrical floral device and surrounded by sprays of flowers. The neck is similarly decorated on a smaller scale.

Place of Origin

Iznik (made)


ca. 1600 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Fritware, polychrome underglaze painted, glazed


Height: 21.6 cm, Diameter: 16.5 cm

Object history note

Purchased on behalf of the South Kensington Museum (today the V&A) in 1897 from Edgar and Alice Whitaker, executors for the Istanbul estate of William Henry Wrench (1836-96), British Consul to Ottoman Turkey. During his diplomatic career, Wrench had assembled a private art collection of paintings, ceramics, metalwork, arms, textiles, carpets and other furnishings. These were well-known to curators at South Kensington: in 1892, the Museum purchased a set of four photographs, recording how Wrench had displayed the collection in his home in Pera, Istanbul.

Descriptive line

Jug of glazed fritware, with a bulbous body, painted under the glaze in colours with scrolling flowers and cartouches, Turkey (Iznik), ca. 1600.

Production Note



Glaze; Fritware


Glazed; Painted

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Cartouches




Middle East Section

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