An Iznik polychrome pottery dish, Ottoman Turkey, circa 1560-65
of shallow rounded form with sloping bracketed rim, decorated in underglazed blue, light green and orange outlined in black, with sprays of tulips and carnations emanating from a leafy tuft, the reverse with alternating flowerheads and tulips, old collection label '231'
31.5cm. diameter, 12½in.
According to family tradition this bowl was acquired by Thomas Cook (1808-1892) the originator of package holidays, who founded the travel agency Thomas Cook & Son;
thence by descent to Frances Beatrice Steward, neé Cook (1897-1991);
who left it to her second cousin;
Sir John Smith