A monumental Ilkhanid pottery mihrab tile, Persia, late 13th century
the stonepaste body with moulded arabesques and geometric frame, overglaze lustre, highlights of turquoise and cobalt blue, set into a square metal frame on reverse for suspension
48 by 46 by 6.5cm.
Mme Prigogine (most probably Maria Prokopowicz, married to Viscount Ilya Romanovich Prigogine in 1961 (1917-2003).
Joseph Soustiel, Art Musulman, Paris, 25 May 1966.
Ex-collection A. Kevorkian, New York (as published on Soustiel invoice).
Ilya Romanovich Prigogine was born in Moscow in 1917, a few months before the Russian revolution. A few years later, his family left and eventually settled in Belgium. Prigogine became professor in chemistry, and his research in the field led him to be awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1977. Ilya and his second wife, Maria Prokopowiscz, carefully assembled an important and diverse collection over thirty years, comprising pre-Colombian, African and Asian artworks. He acquired this tile from the well known Islamic art dealer and connoisseur, Joseph Soustiel.