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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

Tile Panel

ca. 1570-1575 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Historians think panels of this type come from the mosque of Piyale Pasha, north of Istanbul. They were probably placed over the large windows in the prayer hall. The design is self-contained. A cloud band in red extends across the whole of the main field, intertwined with scrollwork set with leaves and rosettes.

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 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
Parts
This object consists of 16 parts.

  • Tile
  • Tile
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  • Tile
  • Tile
  • Tile
  • Tile
  • Tile
  • Tile
  • Tile
  • Tile
  • Tile
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Materials and Techniques
Fritware, polychrome underglaze painted, glazed
Brief Description
Lunette panel, Turkey (Iznik), 1570-75.
Physical Description
Spandrel-shaped panel of tiles with prominent red cloud-bands snaking around blue flowers.
Dimensions
  • Width: 149cm
Styles
Gallery Label
  • Jameel Gallery Lunette Panel (above right) Turkey, probably Iznik 1570-5 Panels of this type are thought to be from the mosque of Piyale Pasha, north of Istanbul. They were probably placed over the large windows in the prayer hall. The design is self-contained. A cloud band in red extends across the whole of the main field, intertwined with scrollwork set with leaves and rosettes. Fritware painted under the glaze Museum no. 1889-1897(Jameel Gallery)
  • TILE PANEL Fritware with polychrome underglaze painting TURKEY (made at Iznik) about 1570 This panel and other like it are reported to have come from the Piyale Pasha, the Ottoman Grand Admiral, in 1573.(Used until 11/2003)
Object history
Purchased on behalf of the South Kensington Museum (today the V&A) in 1897 from Edgar and Alice Whitaker, executors for the Istanbul estate of William Henry Wrench (1836-96), British Consul to Ottoman Turkey. During his diplomatic career, Wrench had assembled a private art collection of paintings, ceramics, metalwork, arms, textiles, carpets and other furnishings. These were well-known to curators at South Kensington: in 1892, the Museum purchased a set of four photographs, recording how Wrench had displayed the collection in his home in Pera, Istanbul.
Production
Believed to have come from the mosque of Piyale Pasha, the Ottoman Grand Admiral (built 1573-74).
Summary
Historians think panels of this type come from the mosque of Piyale Pasha, north of Istanbul. They were probably placed over the large windows in the prayer hall. The design is self-contained. A cloud band in red extends across the whole of the main field, intertwined with scrollwork set with leaves and rosettes.



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 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
Arthur Lane, A Guide to the Collection of Tiles, London, 1960, 21.
Collection
Accession Number
1889:1 to 16-1897

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record createdFebruary 3, 2004
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