Description & Technical information

The circular dish contains eight rumi scrolls pointing towards the centre painted on a turquoise ground and encircled by another set of scrolls. The cavetto displays a series of overlapping rumi scrolls on a blue and turquoise ground. The rim of the dish is decorated with cobalt blue rosettes with a bole red centre flanked by two turquoise leaves sprouting out from a small blue floral sprig. The exterior of the dish is painted with alternating blue and green floral buds.
As the 17th century commenced, the Ottoman Empire became less-affluent as a result of the numerous military campaigns they had launched in neighbouring lands. The funding to the Iznik potters abated and, in conjuction with a loss of patronage by the court, Iznik wares began to fall out of favour. As a result, Iznik painted decoration and potting in the 17th century is quite dissimilar to that of the highly-controlled and meticulous painting seen on 16th-century Iznik wares.

Date:  1650-1675
Period:  1600-1750, 17th century
Origin:  Turkey
Medium: Ceramic
Dimensions: 30 cm (11³/₄ inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art