An impressive Iznik pottery Tazza Turkey, circa 1570-90
Provenance: Sir Alan Barlow Collection, and by descent.
Published: Geza Fehervari, Islamic Pottery: A Comprehensive Study based on the Barlow Collection, London, 1973, no. 195, pls. 85a, b; Nurhan Atasoy and Julian Raby, Iznik: The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey, London, 1989, fig. 197.
This tazza is perhaps the best example to have appeared on the art market in many years. The form of dish, uniquely Ottoman, is one of the rarest Iznik shapes. Examples of this type of dish are preserved in the David Collection, Copenhagen; the Cinili Kiosk, Istanbul; the Musee de la Renaissance, Ecouen; and the Metropolitian Museum of Art, New York (Nurhan Atasoy and Julian Raby, Iznik: The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey, London, 1989, figs. 445, 373, 565 and 19). A smaller example was sold in these rooms (Bonhams, Islamic Works of Art, 12th April 2000, lot 302); and a piece of similar size recently at Christie's (Christie's London, Islamic Art and Manuscripts, 15th October 2002, lot 334).
An example of Atasoy and Raby's 'Lotus Bouquet' style, wares of this type are based on Chinese prototypes of the early 15th Century, examples of which are preserved in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul. Compared with the literal Safavid copies of this design, the Ottoman interpretations were much freer.