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Maker/s

Unknown (potter)

Collection

Henry Scipio Reitlinger

Category

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

Name

bowl

School/Style

Il-Khanid

Description

Fritware with white glaze painted in blue, turquoise and lustre

Buff fritware, wheel thrown, with blue and turquoise pigment under an opaque white, slightly crazed glaze, over-painted in brown lustre Shape: carinated bowl with slightly everted rim, straight neck descending via steeply sloping sides onto a moderately high foot ring Interior: two friezes on the neck are separated and enclosed by blue painted lines. These friezes contain either straight and wavey lines or dots and scrolling foliage. The central decoration depicts two seated opposing figures painted in reserve against a lustred background filled with scrolling leaves, flowers and articulated half palmettes. Both figures wear tunics decorated with scrolls and hats, all highlighted by blue pigment. Between the figures a pear shaped tree is coloured with turquoise; above them a bird is highlighted in blue; below them a fish swims in a blue painted pool. Exterior: a frieze of Arabic script (cursive) on the neck is painted in lustre and enclosed by two concentric painted blue lines. On the body a repeating rosette pattern, with each petal containing a dot, is painted in reserve against a solid lustred background, below a single concentric line of lustre. Glaze covers the body but runs unevenly over the foot ring, although the underside is glazed.

Production Place

Iran (potter) (country) ()

Iranian (potter) (nationality) ()

Technique Description

Buff fritware, wheel thrown, with blue and turquoise pigment under an opaque white, slightly crazed glaze, over-painted in brown lustre

Dimensions

height: (whole): 10.2 cm
width: (whole): 19.2 cm
diameter: (rim): 19.1 cm
diameter: (base): 6.8 cm
weight: (whole): 471 g

Period

later 13th century

Date

circa 1260 to 1280

Provenance

bequeathed: Reitlinger, Henry Scipio 1950 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950); Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead

H. S. Reitlinger Bequest 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Inscriptions/Marks

  1. inscription
    Position: exterior neck
    Method: painted in lustre
    Content:
    Description: a frieze of script on the neck is painted in lustre and enclosed by two concentric painted blue lines
    Language: arabic (cursive)
  2. label
    Position: base exterior
    Method: hand written in pencil
    Content: 313
    Description: circular paper label with serrated edge

Documentation

  1. Watson, Oliver (1985) Persian Lustre Ware, London: Faber and Faber Limited [page: 51, 110-116]
    [comments: Cf. similar rosette pattern with peacock eye decoration on vessel exterior see catalogue number 89b; Cf. similar vessel shape see Figure 7; Ref. on Il-Khanid lustre]
  2. Komaroff, Linda (2002) The legacy of Genghis Khan : courtly art and culture in western Asia, 1256-1353, London / New York: Yale University Press [page: 198-202]
    [comments: Ref. on ceramics after the Mongol invasions]
  3. Mason, Robert, B. (2004) Shine Like the Sun: Lustre-Painted and Associated Pottery from the Medieval Middle East, California: Maznda Publications [page: 128-130, 149, 153]
    [comments: Cf. identical motif see Motif KL.33 and C/Fvessel form see figure 6.9 GUL.10 and Ref. for dating of Il-Khanid lustre wares]
  4. Watson, Oliver (2004) Ceramics from Islamic Lands, London: Thames & Hudson [page: 375]
    [comments: Cf. similar vessel shape and exterior decoration see Catalogue number Cat.Q.2]

Other Notes

Accession Number

C.445-1991 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 75124; Input Date: 2004-03-11 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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