A KASHAN LUSTRE POTTERY VESSEL IN THE FORM OF A SEATED FEMALE RULER, PERSIA, 12TH/13TH CENTURY
sculpted as seated, enthroned female figure wearing an elaborately designed coat with an inscriptive band, foliate details, roundels with figurines, decorated with a brown lustre over an opacified glaze, the face and hat designed with an open interior and spout with blue glaze, some repair and subsequent repainting
37 by 24 by 13cm.
Broken and restored with some associated overpainting. Two felt sections to base for stability, Recently professionally cleaned to bring out lustre elements following a scan at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam which showed original lustre parts hidden under the old restorations, particularly around the face. As viewed.
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Sold in these rooms, 21 April 1980, lot 155, and again 20 April 1983, lot 103.
Figurines represent a significant part of production at Kashan in the late Seljuq period. The subject matter of these figurines is very wide ranging including birds, monkeys, harpies and sphinxes. Human figures were also made, amongst them, musicians playing instruments, horsemen dressed in Turkish military costume, and mothers with child. A lustre figure of a seated turbanned man formerly of the Ades Family Collection (see Watson 1985, p.120, no.100) is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (inv.no. LOAN:ADES.5). Two vessels in the form of a seated figure are in the al-Sabah collection (Watson 2004, pp.344-5, Cat.nos. N.14, N.15). A figurine of a mother and child was sold in these rooms 9 April 2008, lot 147.