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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Iran (possibly Tabriz, made)

  • Date:

    1500-1550 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, underglaze painted in blue under a transparent alkaline glaze

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case A1, shelf 4

  • Public access description

    The location of the workshop where this dish was produced has not been identified, though Tabriz or possibly Ottoman have been suggested. It is part of a group of dishes, with decoration derived from Chinese prototypes. The designs have affinities with the Tabriz group, but the petrofabric is similar to Iznik bodies. All are decorated with the same floral scroll on the underside. It is possibly the work of Tabriz-trained potters who had moved to Turkey, or Ottoman potters imitating a fahionable Persian style.

  • Physical description

    Dish with a stonepaste body, painted in blue under a transparent alkaline glaze. Wide, very shallow foot-ring, and convex expanding sides. Flattened lip with lobed edge. Three spur marks set in a triangle 4 inches apart on the face. Three more similarly-spaced spur-marks are under the base, which is almost entirely covered by glaze. The central medallion, framed by a narrow running scroll border, depicts a hawk with raised wings swooping on the back of a partridge, facing right, and standing on a patch of ground, and from this grow flowering trees, curving round to right and left. In the sky, top left, are Chinese cloud scrolls superimposed on coils of foliage. Round the cavetto, large peony-flowers are joined by undulating stems with leaves and coiling tendrils. On the lip, a form of Chinese wave pattern. Encircling the exterior of the cavetto is a running scroll design of stems and leaves.

  • Dimensions

    Diameter: 39 cm, Depth: 6 cm

  • Object history note

    The painting is in a strong cobalt blue which has had a tendency to run.

  • Historical context note

    This is similar to the dish (562-1905), perhaps produced in the same workshop.

  • Descriptive line

    Dish with a stonepaste body, painted in blue under a transparent alkaline glaze; Iran, possibly Tabriz, 1500-1550.

  • Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

    Yolande Crowe, Persia and China: Safavid Blue and White Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1501-1738, Thames & Hudson, Geneva, Switzerland and London, 2002, cat. no. 3, p. 51.
    Lisa Golombek, Robert B. Mason, Gauvin A. Bailey, Tamerlane's tableware : a new approach to the chinoiserie ceramics of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Iran, Mazda Publishers in association with Royal Ontario Museum, Costa Mesa, California, 1996, p. 152.
    J. Michael Rogers, Islamic Art and Design: 1500-1700, London, 1983, cat. no. 150
    Marina Whitman, Persian Blue-and-White Ceramics: Cycles of Chinoiserie, University Microfilms International, Ann Arbor Michigan, 1978, fig. 97a-b.

  • Labels and date

    Dish, white earthenware painted in Chinese style in underglaze blue. Probably found at Kubachi in Daghestan. North Persian; first half of sixteenth century. [pre 1980]

  • Collection code

    Middle East Section