Lot 195
  • 195

A Damascus pottery tile, Syria, late 16th/early 17th century

3,000 - 4,000 GBP
11,250 GBP
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  • Ceramics
comprising two tiles, decorated in cobalt blue, turquoise, green and black on a white ground with entwining split-palmettes and floral vines, in a wood frame


Boisgirard - Provence Cote d’Azur, Nice, 20 March 2007, lot 125
Previously in an old French private collection, Nice

Catalogue Note

The design on this tile relates to the "Dome of the Rock" models, produced in Ottoman Syria, possibly Aleppo (see A. Millner, Damascus Tiles, Munich, 2015, p.274, no.6.74). 

Similar tiles are to be found in the Arab hall at Leighton House in London (1864-79), brought back from Damascus in the third quarter of the nineteenth century. The frame on this panel also suggests that these tiles were in Europe in the late nineteenth century.