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  • Place of origin:

    Isfahan (made)
    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    1860-1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, moulded and painted. Tile corner damaged.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Tile, glazed fritware, moulded design painted in black outline with details in turquoise and manganese purple, depicting flowering poppy plants, reserved against dark blue ground.

Place of Origin

Isfahan (made)
Iran (made)


1860-1870 (made)


Unknown (made)

Materials and Techniques

Fritware, moulded and painted. Tile corner damaged.


Length: 18.5 cm, Width: 12.4 cm, Depth: 2.1 cm

Object history note

This tile was bought as part of a much larger consignment of Iranian art objects for the South Kensington Museum (today the V&A) by Robert Murdoch Smith in Tehran, 1876. The vendor was Jules Richard, a French art-dealer based in Iran from 1844. Between 1875 and 1889, he was the South Kensington Museum's principal source of Iranian art objects, purchased via the Museum's agent Murdoch Smith.

Descriptive line

Middle East, Ceramic, Tile; Tile, moulded fritware, depicting stylised poppy foliage on blue ground, Isfahan, Iran, 1860-1870

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

Moya Carey, Persian Art. Collecting the Arts of Iran for the V&A (London: V&A, 2018)






Ceramics Collection

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