Description & Technical information

Painted in cobalt blue and outlined with black under a clear glaze, this round ceramic dish is inspired by the blue-and-white Chinese porcelain of the late Yuan and early 15th century. The dish is decorated with a band of scrolling foliage around the flange, followed by a wider border of floral motifs; in addition, the central scene also consists of a large floral spray. The base of the vessel is decorated with blue birds and jasmines and has a Pseudo-Chinese inscription.  
Blue-and-white ceramics in Iran were primarily made during the rule of the Safavid Dynasty (1501–1736). Iranian potters used stonepaste to imitate Chinese porcelain, particularly after exports were no longer available in the markets due to the political upheaval in China during the seventeenth century. Nonetheless, Iranian potters also accentuated their own identity into these ceramics by adding typical Persian themes and motifs as decorative elements.   

Date:  16th/17th century
Period:  1400-1600, 1600-1750, 16th Century, 17th century
Origin:  Iran
Medium: Ceramic
Dimensions: 4 x 20 cm (1⁵/₈ x 7⁷/₈ inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art, Paintings, Drawings & Prints