A Isnik dish with flowers (hole)
Lot 76A
An Iznik pottery Dish Turkey, circa 1565-70
Sold for £15,000 (US$ 25,212) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
An Iznik pottery Dish
Turkey, circa 1565-70
decorated in polychrome on a white ground, with flowering plant of paired hyacinth and prunus sprays emanating from a leafy base, above a floral bouquet, rock and wave border, the exterior with a band of alternating flower heads and floral sprays, the rim with two drill holes, foot rim drilled
29.5 cm. diam.


  • Provenance: collection of Leon Rolin (1871-1950) and his wife Madeleine Shaar (1876-1954); and by descent to Madame Tibbaut.

    Leon Rolin, "The Lion of Cairo", owned the construction company Leon Rolin & co, one of the largest civil contractors in Cairo at the turn of the last century. His firm built the Heliopolis Palace, which later became the presidential palace of the Mubarak administration. During its construction between 1908-10 and inspired by their surroundings, Mrs Rolin began to collect Islamic art. Their daughter Jacqueline continued to build the collection and attended the sale of the contents of the Royal Palace of King Farouk. She returned to Belgium and divided her rich collection amongst her children and their offspring. An Iznik bottle from this same collection was sold through these rooms (Bonhams, Islamic and Indian Art, 4th October 2011, Lot 147).

    This dish belongs to a group Nurhan Atasoy and Julian Raby categorises under "Floral Symmetry in the 1560s". For another example of this type of decoration in the Musee de la Renaissance, Chateau d'Ecouen, see Nurham Atasoy and Julian Raby, Iznik. The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey,London, 1989, p. 234, no. 424.
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