This tazza illustrates the strong influence of Chinese blue and white porcelains on Iznik potters . The Chinese-inspired design on this example seems to have been popular for use on the tazza form. In fact, the majority of recorded examples of this form have some variation of this design. A tazza, with a similar design and an identical lotus flowers around the central medaillon datable from 1560 was sold in these rooms (London, 1st April 2009, lot 202). A tazza in the David collection, Copenhagen, datable from 1570 have very similar versions of the design on the rim and the well of our tazza (Atasoy & Raby, Iznik, the pottery of ottoman Turkey, London, 1989, n°445). The overall form of our tazza suggests a slightly earlier dating than for this piece and can therefore be dated to a period between the two examples mentionned above. The grey-blue colour appeared on chinese pieces in the period when they were forced to use the local cobalt blue rather than the one usually imported. The combination of the cobalt blue with light grey on our tazza demonstrates the purposeful use of the grey for a particular aesthetic reason, another Iznik dish combines both colours (Christie's, London, 8th April 2008, lot 169)
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