Historical period(s)
Ottoman period, ca. 1500
Medium
Composite body painted under glaze
Style
Iznik ware
Dimensions
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)
Geography
Turkey, Iznik
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1954.3
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Dish

Keywords
flower, Iznik ware, Ottoman period (1307 - 1922), Turkey, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

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
Google Cultural Institute
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