Description & Technical information

This unusual polychrome Iznik dish has in the centre a peacock with its tail fanned out upwards, flanked by bole red and blue tulips and a tall flowering stem. The bird is depicted stepping forward in a slightly awkward but charming manner.  The rim is decorated with an abstract black and white border of wave motifs and S-shaped curves (for an identical border, see an Iznik dish dated first half of the 17th century, fig. 323 in Bilgi, Hüly A. Dance of Fire). The exterior of the dish is decorated with alternating abstract motifs.
For a very similar Iznik dish with a motif of peacock in the centre and a border of wave design on the rim, dating to early 17th century, see Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Accession number 65. 103. See also two Iznik peacock dishes, second half of the 17th century, figs. 310 and 311 in Bilgi, Hüly A. Dance of Fire.


Stock no.: A5273

Period:  17th century
Origin:  Turkey
Medium: Ceramic decorated with underglaze polychrome
Dimensions: 28.5 cm (11¹/₄ inches)
Provenance: Atasoy, Nuhran and Raby, Julian. Iznik. The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey. London, 1994.
Bilgi, Hüly A. Dance of Fire. Iznik Tiles and Ceramics in the Sadberk Hanim Museum and Ömer M. Koc Collections. Istanbul, 2009.

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Categories: Works of Art