Lot 6
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  • Iznik Pottery Spandrel Fragment
  • glazed fritware
  • approximately: 18.7 by 15cm., 7 3/8 by 5 7/8 in.
decorated in underglaze blue, turquoise and bole dark red with black outlines, arched sides with floral border, mounted


Bonhams, London, 16 October 2003, lot 233
Previously in the Collection of Sir James Alan Noel Barlow, 2nd Baronet GCB KBE FSA (1881-1968)


Geza Fehervari, Islamic Pottery: A Comprehensive Study based on the Barlow Collection, London, 1973, no. 275, pl. 109a.

Catalogue Note

This tile stands out for its vibrant, painterly quality: each brushstroke is visible in the cobalt-blue ground and on the turquoise stems of the roses, which arch their heads as if swaying in the breeze. The combination of colours lies outside the standard Iznik repertory, particularly the deep, brownish-red highlights which are usually characterised by a brighter crimson shade.

First published by Professor Geza Fehervari in 1973, this tile previously belonged to Sir James Alan Noel Barlow, 2nd Baronet GCB KBE FSA (1881-1968), who was a British civil servant and celebrated collector of Islamic and Chinese art. Other pieces from the Barlow Collection are in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.