An Iznik pottery "Animal" Dish Turkey, late 16th Century
Provenance: Aynard Collection; Brocklebank Collection; Acquired at Christie's sale, 5th July 1922; Sir Alan Barlow Collection, and by descent.
Exhibited: Exposition Retrospective de Lyon.
Published: Geza Fehervari, Islamic Pottery: A Comprehensive Study based on the Barlow Collection, London, 1973, no. 257, pl. 104a.
This dish has the distinction of having been in three noteworthy collections. Although there are a handful of vessels and tiles of the early 16th Century from Iznik incorporating animal and bird motifs, it was not until the 1560s that the wares known as "animal style" were made. Marian Wenzel has identified silver vessels of the 14th to 16th Centuries produced in Serbia, Bosnia and Ragusa that provided the prototypes for this group of wares, a number of which with an Ottoman tughra of the 16th Century (Marian Wenzel, "Early Ottoman Silver and Iznik Pottery Designs: Animal Style", in Apollo, CXXX, London, September 1989). For related examples in the C.L. David Collection, Copenhagen (Nurhan Atasoy and Julian Raby, Iznik: The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey/ London, 1989, fig. 546; and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (ibid., fig. 548; another example was sold in these rooms (Bonhams, Oriental and European Carpets and Islamic Works of Art, London, 24th April, 1997, lot 318).
Edouard Aynard (1837-1913) lent this dish to the Exposition Retrospective de 1877 that took place in the Palais des Arts de Lyon.