A fine Iznik pottery "Grape Dish" Turkey, circa 1550

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Lot 193*
A fine Iznik pottery "Grape Dish"
Turkey, circa 1550

Sold for £ 16,800 (US$ 20,551) inc. premium
A fine Iznik pottery "Grape Dish"
Turkey, circa 1550
of shallow form with slightly rounded sides, decorated in blue and green on a white ground with vines bearing three bunches of grapes within spiralling and leafy tendrils in a central roundel of three concentric bands, the rim with scrolling vines, verso with ten small floral motifs
29.8 cm. diam.

Footnotes

  • The 'grape' design is derived from Chinese Yuan and Ming blue and white porcelain ware that entered the Ottoman Court in early sixteenth century. 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 much earlier dish dated to circa 1530, sold in these rooms (Bonhams, Islamic and Indian Art, 28th April 2005, lot 422). The latter illustrates how closely the Iznik potters copied Chinese porcelain when they first encountered it. However as time passed, the Iznik potters became more confident and broke away from the direct imitation of Chinese porcelain. This particular dish illustrates that transition.

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