Historical period(s)
Ottoman period, ca. 1500
Composite body painted under glaze
Iznik ware
H x W x D: 6.5 x 39.3 x 39.3 cm (2 9/16 x 15 1/2 x 15 1/2 in)
Turkey, Iznik
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


flower, Iznik ware, Ottoman period (1307 - 1922), Turkey, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

This elegant dish combines blossoms, leaves, and crescent-shaped motifs linked by gracefully interlaced and knotted tendrils.  It belongs to a group of blue-and-white wares produced in the Turkish city of Iznik during the early sixteenth century. Inspired by manuscript illumination, reverse-painted motifs--some outlined and shaded in dark blue to create a three-dimensional effect--are characteristic of early Iznik ceramics. While the blue-and-white palette and the blossoms circling the interior rim and exterior well recall Chinese porcelains, these elements are now synthesized into a new and original style expressing Ottoman sensitivity and taste.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 314.
  • Washington's Treasure House of Middle Eastern Art. vol. 1, no. 1 Washington, January 1956. p. 6.
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Turkish Art of the Ottoman Period. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 12, p. 24.
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Ceramics from the World of Islam. Exh. cat. Washington, 1973. cat. 79, pp. 172-173.
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Ottoman Art at the Freer Gallery of Art. no. 4 Istanbul, 1970-1971. p. 193, pl. 10.
  • Turkish Art. Washington and New York. pp. 258, 269, pl. 40.
  • Nurhan Atasoy, Dr. Julian Raby. Iznik: The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey. Istanbul and London. cat. 17, p. 373.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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