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Overmantel

Overmantel

  • Place of origin:

    Kirman (probably, made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware with underglaze decoration

  • Museum number:

    266-1884

  • Gallery location:

    Islamic Middle East, Room 42, The Jameel Gallery, case WN10

A major concern of Iranian potters in the Safavid period was to make ceramics in the style of Chinese blue-and-white porcelain. The Chinese wares continued to be imported in great quantities, first by the Portuguese and then, from about 1620, by the Dutch and the British.

Where local Iranian designs were used to decorate blue-and-white ceramics, it was common for other colours to be added. In this case, the potter used red to outline the different elements in his design. This style of decoration is associated with the city of Kirman in southern Iran.

Physical description

Hood-shaped overmantel for a fireplace. Fan-shaped and convex with a scalloped rim; decorated with floral designs in underglaze blue and red.

Place of Origin

Kirman (probably, made)

Date

17th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Fritware with underglaze decoration

Dimensions

Width: 50 cm maximum, bottom, Height: 47.6 cm, Depth: 12 cm centre

Descriptive line

Overmantel for a fireplace, Iran (probably Kirman), 17th century.

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

Lane, A. Guide to the Collection of tiles in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1960, p.18, plate 11c

Labels and date

Jameel Gallery

Fireplace Hood
Iran, probably Kirman
1600-1700

Where local Iranian designs were used to decorate blue-and-white ceramics, it was common for other colours to be added. In this case, the potter used red to outline the different elements in his design. This style of decoration is associated with the city of Kirman in southern Iran.

Fritware painted under the glaze

Museum no. 266-1884 [Jameel Gallery]

Materials

Fritware

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Islam; Ceramics

Collection

Middle East Section

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