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A Large Blue and White Iznik Pottery Ewer
Ottoman Turkey, c 1510
Estimated Price: £200,000-300,000
Price realised: £373,250

In the late 15th century, Ottoman potters started manufacturing blue-and-white ceramics. The vessels, which were often of impressive size, were covered with a white slip onto which elaborate arabesques and floral scrolls were painted in rich cobalt which had depth and texture.

An early and rare example of Iznik pottery, this blue and white ewer is dated circa 1510. The potters of Iznik freely adapted and re-interpreted elements of the decorative repertoire of Chinese prototypes. The intricate decoration of this ewer is clearly influenced by the ‘heap and pile’ effect of the first Yuan blue-and-white porcelains from China.

A charming and unusual feature of this ewer is the dragon form handle – seen in only one other Iznik vessel, the so-called ‘Godman Ewer’ which is in the British Museum. This ewer is an example of the earliest production of Iznik pottery at its grandest and most inventive.

Christie’s sale of Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds took place in London on October 4, 2012. For further information please visit http://www.christies.com.

First printed in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on September 30, 2012.