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Tile panel

Tile panel

  • Place of origin:

    Iznik (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1570-1574 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, polyhrome underglaze painted, glazed

  • Museum number:

    428-1900

  • Gallery location:

    Islamic Middle East, Room 42, The Jameel Gallery, case WN8, shelf EXP []

These six tiles probably decorated the imperial palace at Edirne, north-west of Istanbul. They formed part of a tall, thin panel with a self-contained design. The central section depicted a niche filled with floral and arabesque scrollwork on a white ground. These tiles show the arch at the top.

The tiles were produced at the Iznik potteries near Istanbul. The imperial court renewed its patronage of Iznik ceramics during the construction of the Süleymaniye mosque in Istanbul in 1550 to 1557. The first 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, 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.

Physical description

Panel of six wall tiles, fritware painted in underglaze colours. Originally the top section of a panel forming a niche motif.

Place of Origin

Iznik (probably, made)

Date

1570-1574 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Fritware, polyhrome underglaze painted, glazed

Dimensions

Height: 62 cm, Width: 102 cm, Depth: 3 cm, Weight: 23 kg

Descriptive line

Panel of six wall tiles with an arch motif, Turkey (probably Iznik), 1570-74.

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

Arthur Lane, A Guide to the Collection of Tiles, London, 1960, 21.

Labels and date

Jameel Gallery

Tiles with Arch Motif
(above left)
Turkey, probably Iznik
1570-4

These six tiles probably decorated the imperial palace at Edirne, north-west of Istanbul. They formed part of a tall, thin panel with a self-contained design. The central section depicted a niche filled with floral and arabesque scrollwork on a white ground. These tiles show the arch at the top.

Fritware painted under the glaze

Museum no. 428-1900 [Jameel Gallery]
PANEL OF WALL-TILES
White earthenware painted in underglaze colours.
TURKISH (IZNIK); second half of 16th century. [Used until 11/2003]

Production Note

Probably made for the Ottoman palace at Edirne.

Materials

Fritware

Techniques

Glazing

Subjects depicted

Scroll-work; Arch; Stylized flowers; Arabesques

Categories

Tiles

Collection

Middle East Section

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