A DAMASCUS POTTERY TILE, SYRIA, LATE 16TH/EARLY 17TH CENTURY
decorated in cobalt blue, light blue, green with black oultines on a white ground with a design consisting of entwining palmettes, arabesques within lobed medallions and stylised lotus blossoms, set in an old wooden frame
32.4 by 33cm. framed
The tile intact, craquelure throughout surface, one small chip and some further pitting, edges probably abraded although these are hidden by the frame, the frame worn and scratched as consistent with age, as viewed.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
For more information on Damascus tiles, see A. Millner, Damascus Tiles: Mamluk and Ottoman architectural ceramics from Syria, London, 2015.