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Deep plate

Turkish (Iznik)
About 1590


Object Place: India

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 6.5 x 35 cm (2 9/16 x 13 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

19.1193

Medium or Technique

Fritware, painted over white slip, with a transparent glaze.

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Ceramics

This charger is decorated underglaze in the “Rhodian” palette of raised red (“Armenian bole”), blue and emerald green. The plate exhibits on the underside a familiar ring of paired small figures, in this case ten in all. Five of these are trilobed, resembling a small plant with two leaves and a bud, surmounted by an accenting dot and splashed in green. These alternate with five five-petalled blue peony flowers. The face decoration is in two registers, surrounded and separated by single and double black painted lines. On the rim is a spirited version of the rock and wave design in black and blue with regular green incursions. The cavetto and well show off a large, assymmetric group of varied flowering plants arising from a tuft of leaves. These comprise a carefully painted blue tulip and another blue flower, with roses and carnations in raised red. Also growing from the base is a large saz leaf, its principal curving line in heavy black, and colored blue and green.

Inscription

MFA label: 500.15 Lyman.

Provenance

Lent by Miss Theodora Lyman, March 1, 1915. The John Pickering Lyman Collection.

Credit Line

The John Pickering Lyman Collection—Gift of Miss Theodora Lyman