Object Place: Islamic World
Height x diameter: 6 x 30 cm (2 3/8 x 11 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Fritware, painted over white slip under a transparent glaze.
Not On View
A large plate painted in greenish black and a late “Rhodian” palette. Both the blue and the green of the decoration have run extensively, and the red is dull and muddy. Underneath, the dish bears eight small figures outlined with a fine black line. Four of these are closed crescents, bearing on top an often-seen accent, and four are rapid squiggles which sometimes take on a plant-like form. These two figure types are splashed with blue and green respectively. The broad rim of the plate’s face bears - between a single and a double black line, a bold version of the rock and wave design, with small, repeated blue and green insertions. The cavetto and well are filled with a symmetrical bouquet alternating sprays of hyacinths and red poppy-like flowers, all springing from a leafy tuft. Enclosed by the upper part of the bouquet is an egg-shaped medallion painted with a scale desigh and colored blue.
MFA label: Wales 612; Wales label: Persia Rhodes 1120; painted: P6801.
Bought in Paris for $20.00.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Wales