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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Islamic Middle East, Room 42, The Jameel Gallery

Bottle

1535-1540 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The shape of this ceramic bottle is derived from metalwork. The decoration, however, is typical of that used by the potters of Iznik, in north-west Anatolia. By the 1530s, the small sprays of tulips and other recognisable flowers used on this bottle were a common motif.

The Ottoman court renewed their patronage of Iznik ceramics during the construction of the Süleymaniye mosque in Istanbul in 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, 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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Fritware, underglaze painted in blue and turquoise, glazed
Brief Description
Long-necked bottle with blue and white decoration in an ogival layout, Turkey (probably Iznik), 1535-1540.
Physical Description
Pear-shaped and long-necked bottle, decorated with floral sprays and medallions in underglaze cobalt and turquoise blue.
Dimensions
  • Height: 41.5cm
  • Diameter: 16.5cm
Styles
Gallery Label
  • Jameel Gallery Variety of Shape and Design The shapes of Iznik vessels were derived from sources as varied as metalwork (9–11), leatherwork (14) and Chinese and Italian ceramics. Models included the Chinese ‘grape dish’ (2) and the Italian tondino form (15). By the 1530s, small sprays of tulips and other recognisable flowers were a common motif (9, 10, 15), but from the 1550s these were replaced by compositions on a larger scale. Many were originally developed for tilework (1, 3). 10 Bottle with Blue Patterns on White Turkey, probably Iznik 1535-40 Fritware painted under the glaze Museum no. 6785-1860(Jameel Gallery)
  • BOTTLE White earthenware painted in blue and turquoise. TURKISH (IZNIK); first half of 16th century.(Old gallery label)
Subjects depicted
Summary
The shape of this ceramic bottle is derived from metalwork. The decoration, however, is typical of that used by the potters of Iznik, in north-west Anatolia. By the 1530s, the small sprays of tulips and other recognisable flowers used on this bottle were a common motif.



The Ottoman court renewed their patronage of Iznik ceramics during the construction of the Süleymaniye mosque in Istanbul in 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, 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.
Bibliographic Reference
Atasoy, Nurhan & Raby, Julian, Iznik: the pottery of Ottoman Turkey (London, 1989): plate 320
Collection
Accession Number
6785-1860

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