AN IZNIK POLYCHROME POTTERY TILE, TURKEY, CIRCA 1575
of rectangular form, outlined in black with a design of interlocking scrolling cloudbands on a relief red ground, touches of underglaze dark blue and emerald green, thin blue band on one edge, set in wooden frame
10.7 by 24.7cm.
15.8 by 30cm. framed
The tile in good condition, intact with abrasion along the edges as visible from mounting (with pins) to reverse of frame, one corner chipped, three large pitting marks, the frame with some wear and minor nicks, we would recommend contacting a professional restorer on advice with regards to re-framing, affixing the piece, 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."
Tiles of similar design, though with a turquoise ground, are in the Suleymaniye Mosque (1550-57) and the Tomb of Selim II (r.1574-75). An almost identical tile which must have belonged to the same frieze, as evidenced by the thin blue frame along one edge of each tile, was offered in these rooms, 24 October 2007, lot 279.