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Dish

  • Place of origin:

    Iznik (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1575-1580 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, polychrome underglaze painted, glazed

  • Museum number:

    725-1893

  • Gallery location:

    Islamic Middle East, Room 42, The Jameel Gallery, case WN7, shelf 3

This dish is decorated with a floral spray rising from a small clump of leaves. It is just one of the enormous range of designs employed by potters at the Iznik kilns in north-west Anatolia.

The imperial Ottoman court renewed its patronage of Iznik ceramics during the construction of the Süleymaniye mosque in Istanbul in the period 1550 to 1557. The first Iznik tiles were produced, and potters added a bright red to the range of colours painted under the glaze. This was achieved with a slip made from a special clay.

In the following decades, Iznik 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.

In the most celebrated Iznik wares, the sage green was replaced by a bright emerald colour, and the mauves and purples by red slip. Black was mostly used for outlines.

Physical description

Dish with a white slip, underglaze-painted in floral polychrome style. In the centre of the dish, blue tulips highlighted with red dots in relief bole red, bole red rosettes and emerald-green elongated leaves. Foliate rim decorated with a border of tight, black spirals outlined in cobalt blue

Place of Origin

Iznik (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1575-1580 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Fritware, polychrome underglaze painted, glazed

Dimensions

Diameter: 30.2 cm, Depth: 6.2 cm

Descriptive line

Dish with quatre-fleurs decoration, Turkey (Iznik), 1575-1580.

Labels and date

Jameel Gallery

8–11 Dishes and Tankard with Paint and Red Slip
Turkey, probably Iznik
1570–90

In the most celebrated Iznik production, the sage green was replaced by a bright emerald colour, and the mauves and purples by red slip. Black was mostly used for outlines. An enormous range of designs was employed, including the floral spray rising from a small clump of leaves (10).

Fritware painted under the glaze

Museum nos. C.2038, C.2027-1910, Bequest of George Salting; 725-1893; C.2020-1910, Bequest of George Salting
[Jameel Gallery]
TURKISH (IZNIK); second half of 16th century.
Bought. [Used until 08/2003]

Materials

Fritware

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Ceramics

Collection

Middle East Section

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