Object Place: Islamic World
Height x diameter: 5 x 26 cm (1 15/16 x 10 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Fritware, painted over white slip under a transparent glaze.
Not On View
A medium sized deep plate with polychrome decoration. The underside of the dish is decorated with six figures, painted quickly in black and colored. Three blue figures are closed crescents. This is a common such figure but here, unusually, the smaller circle is pleasingly left uncolored. Alternating, are three turquoise-splashed, domed figures. The face of the dish is decorated in two registers, each delineated by one or two concentric black lines and each filling the black outlines of its designs with the same color palette, of turquoise, deep cobalt blue and a raised brick red. The flat rim alternates seven turquoise five-petalled flowers with red centers with seven views of a two-leafed plant in profile. The cavetto and well are decorated with an assymmetric bouquet of varied flower types springing from a leafy tuft. The central blue tulip suggests it has a broken stem. It appears to come from above and centers the design.
WALES label: “Damascus” 1043, with initials of his cataloguer. Old MFA label: G W Wales 368. Painted: P6817.
) WALES label: “Damascus” 1043, with initials of his cataloguer. Old MFA label: G W Wales 368. Painted: P6817.
Bought in Florence for $25.00.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Wales