AN IZNIK POLYCHROME POTTERY DISH WITH TENT, TURKEY, CIRCA 1600
decorated in underglaze blue, green and relief red with black outlines, stylised tent in centre between composite pomegranate blossoms, breaking wave rim, reverse with abstract motifs, three drill holes to foot
Intact, one small semi-circular break to rim with associated restoration and overpainting (visible to reverse due to slight discoloration), the external rim with some wear and small chips, hairline crack to glaze and scratches, some pitting visible to exterior, three drill holes to foot for hanging, as viewed.
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Figural and domestic imagery such as that depicted on this dish is more unusual than the Iznik dishes of carnations, tulips and saz leaves. However, they began to circulate at the beginning of the seventeenth century when Iznik workshops to Greece increased their expert production at a time when Chinese ceramics saturated the Ottoman market (Carswell 2006, p.106). A comparable Iznik dish, decorated with an underglaze painted house scene is in the Sadberk Hanim Museum, Istanbul (Bilgi 2005, p.90-91).