An Iznik "Triple Scroll" pottery Dish Turkey, circa 1575
Provenance: Chas. Monks (?) 3rd April 1885 Brocklebank Collection, sold at Christie's 5th July 1922, lot 70A. Sir Alan Barlow Collection; Sir Thomas Barlow Collection.
Published: Geza Fehervari, Islamic Pottery: A Comprehensive study based on the Barlow Collection, London, 1973, no. 282, pl. 110d.
This dish is of special interest because it is an example of Atasoy and Raby's "Triple Scroll Ground Dishes" painted with a variant grey colour scheme (Nurhan Atasoy and Julian Raby, Iznik: The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey, London, 1989, pp. 237-9). The design is probably inspired by a Chinese model such as a bowl of the late 15th - early 16th Century with a plant against curlicues that is in the Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul (Atasoy/Raby, fig. 435). Although grey as a colour is usually used on its own, there is a mosque lamp in the British Museum, London (John Carswell, Iznik Pottery, London, 1998, fig. 72) and two single tiles, one in the Isabel Steward Gardner Museum, Boston, and the other in The Art Club, Providence, Rhode Island, combining grey with raised red, confirming a date of manufactor in the second half of the 16th Century (Walter B. Denny, Turkish Tiles of the Ottoman Empire, Archaeology, vol. 32, no. 32, no. 6, 1979, p. 14).
For a footed dish with a similar palm design, although in blue, see Mohamed Mostafa, Meisterwerke Kunst Aus Kairo, in "First International Congress of Turkish Arts", Ankara, 19th-24th October, 1959, pl. XCCI and p. 272.