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Maker/s

Unknown (potter)

Collection

Frank Brangwyn Collection

Category

fritware (stonepaste)
Islamic pottery (sub-category)lustreware (sub-category)

Name

bottle

School/Style

Safavid

Description

fritware painted in lustre over a glaze coloured with blue

fritware, moulded, painted in lustre on a transparent glaze coloured with blue. Shape: pear-shaped bottle on a low foot ring with an elongated cylindrical neck. Exterior: on the neck floral sprays above a frieze of vertical dashes and lines. On the body, peacocks are painted within a landscape of cypress trees, floral spays and a pagoda; a rectangle with attached curving lines may represent a stylised river. Blue colouration of glaze runs unevenly onto the exterior foot ring but on the underside the glaze is transparent. Scar marks on the base indicate the use of a tripod stacking device in the kiln. Interior: rim is coloured blue and the glaze runs over the interior surface that is visible.

Production Place

Iran (potter) (country)

Iranian (potter) (nationality)

Technique Description

fritware, moulded, painted in lustre on a transparent glaze coloured with blue

Dimensions

height: (whole): 26.5 cm
width: (whole): 14.7 cm
diameter: (rim): 2.3 cm
diameter: (base): 8.4 cm
weight: (whole): 715 g

Period

17th Century

Date

circa 1600 to 1699

Provenance

bought: Brangwyn, Frank 1935 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Inscriptions/Marks

  1. label
    Position: exterior base (underside of foot ring)
    Method: printed, typed, hand written
    Content: 'Lent By' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '28' hand written in black, '114' hand written in pencil
    Description: rectangular paper label with serrated edge around all but left hand edge
    Interpretation: Possibly Victoria and Albert Museum label
    Language: English

Documentation

  1. Watson, Oliver (1988) Ceramics, London: Faber and Faber Limited [page: 137-286]
    Source title: Islamic art in the Keir Collection (
    [comments: Cf. Safavid lustre with similar bird in landscape painted in lustre on a coloured glaze see catralogue number 83i (colour plate 51, p. 224). Ref. on Safavid lustre]
  2. Fehervari, Geza (2000) Ceramics of the Islamic World in the Tareq Rajab Museum, London and New York: I.B. Tauris Publishers [page: 289-292]
    [comments: Cf. lustre vessel with landscape scene see catalogue no. 352, CER 700TSR (p. 290). Ref. on Safavid lustre]
  3. Watson, Oliver (2004) Ceramics from Islamic Lands, London: Thames & Hudson [page: 448-481]
    [comments: Cf. lustre ware bottles with similar decoration on a blue glaze see Cat.U.36 (p. 480) and on a white glaze see Cat. U.35 (p. 479). Ref. on later Iranian pottery]

Other Notes

Accession Number

C.139-1935 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 71910; Input Date: 2004-03-11 / Last Edit: 2011-04-28)

Related Object

C.140-1935

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