Islamic Pottery from the Collection of a Distinguished British Connoisseur

Islamic Pottery from the Collection of a Distinguished British Connoisseur

Assembled over a period of 40 years from the 1970s, Lots 308-319 in our 15 May Fine Asian & Islamic Works of Art auction are from the private Islamic arts collection of a distinguished British connoisseur.

Lots 308-319 are from the private Islamic arts collection of a distinguished British connoisseur. The collection was assembled over a period of 40 years from the 1970s. It started as a by-product of visiting museums from Istanbul and Rhodes to New York and Washington as a student. It comprises fine Islamic pottery examples from the most important centres of ceramic production, including: Nishapur, from the early Abbasid to Samanid periods; Kashan, from the 12th to 14th century; and Iznik, from the height of the Ottoman Empire.

 

LOT 318 | IZNIK UNDERGLAZE-PAINTED POTTERY BORDER TILE |
OTTOMAN TURKEY, CIRCA 1575-80 | £3,000-5,000 + fees

 

Dishes such as lot 310, a Nishapur slip-painted pottery piece, are associated with the Samanid dynasty, one of the earliest independent kingdoms to break away from the Abbasid Caliphate in Baghdad. These fine ceramics decorated with a wide band of bold kufic inscription on a white ground generally carry maker's names, statements, advice, sometimes jokes, and were intended to provoke witty conversation at the dinner table as the food was eaten.

LOT 310 | NISHAPUR SLIP-PAINTED CALLIGRAPHIC POTTERY BOWL |
PERSIA, 10TH CENTURY | £1,000-1,500 + fees

 

The city of Kashan in central Iran was also a major centre of ceramic production from the 12th to the 14th century, producing wares in a variety of styles and techniques. One of these was the method of painting in blue with black outline on a white ground creating the 'panel style'. This can be seen in lot 316, where the decoration is composed of repeat panels radiating from the centre of the well.

 

LOT 316 | KASHAN UNDERGLAZE-PAINTED POTTERY BOWL |
PERSIA, 13TH CENTURY | £3,000-5,000 + fees

 

All the pieces, as identified by some of the labels, were acquired either from auction or from reputable dealers in London, and selected for either their representativeness of a classic style or originality in an established idiom.

This May, we are delighted to include this selection of Islamic ceramics and pottery from the private Islamic arts collection of a distinguished British connoisseur in our 15 May Fine Asian & Islamic Works of Art auction in London.

 

 


 

Dates for Your Diary

 

AUCTION | Fine Asian & Islamic Works of Art | Wednesday 15 May 2019 | The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London, W1U 5AS
VIEWING | Mon 13th May 10am–7pm | Tues 14th May 10am–5pm | Wed 15th May 10am–3pm | 22 Connaught Street, London, W2 2AF

 

Recent Articles