A large Iznik rimless pottery "Grape Dish" Turkey, circa 1570
Lot 104
A large Iznik rimless pottery "Grape Dish" Turkey, circa 1570
Sold for £51,650 (US$ 86,814) inc. premium
Auction Details
A large Iznik pottery rimless grape Dish Turkey, circa 1570
Lot Details
A large Iznik rimless pottery "Grape Dish"
Turkey, circa 1570
with curving sides on short foot, the white interior decorated in two shades of cobalt-blue and green with a central roundel formed of three rings and containing three large bunches of grapes within spiralling tendrils issuing fleshy leaves, scrolling vines and leaves in the cavetto, in a narrow border of small blue and green zig-zag, the exterior with six elaborate green and cobalt floral sprays between blue bands, three further blue bands around the base, the reverse with blue painted area to foot and rim with alternating flower and cloud band design
32.5 cm. diam.


  • Provenance: Property of a Gentleman.

    The coloured slip seen on the underside of the dish is a feature that occasionally appears in Iznik pottery of this period.

    The 'Grape' design is derived from Chinese Yuan and Ming blue and white porcelain ware that entered the Ottoman Court. Following Sultan Selim I's conquests of Tabriz in 1514, and of Damascus and Cairo in 1517, large quantities of Chinese porcelain and celadons were acquired to adorn the court rooms. As a result, Iznik potters had access to a whole spectrum of designs, which they had not encountered before. Among the most popular designs was the 'Grape' design.

    Comparison can be made with a dish dated to circa 1530, sold in these rooms (Bonhams, Islamic and Indian Art, 28th April 2005, lot 422), which illustrates how closely the Iznik potters copied Chinese porcelain when they first encountered it. As time passed, the potters to broke away from that initial imitation and introduced new ideas making their pottery a lot more distinctive and individual. This dish epitomises that new movement, with the absence of the Chinese influenced 'breaking wave' rim, keeping it simple with floral decoration.

    A further example of this type of 'Grape' dish was recently sold at Christie's, London, The Vincent Bulent Collection, 26th April 2005, lot 38.
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