Large deep plate

Turkish (Iznik)
About 1600

Object Place: India


Height x diameter: 6 x 36.5 cm (2 3/8 x 14 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Fritware, painted over a white slip ground, and covered with a transparent glaze.

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A large plate or charger, on which the design was roughed out with a fine black line and completed in blue, turquoise-green and raised red. On the curving outside of the plate’s cavetto, ten motifs have been carefully drawn in black: five peony flowers enhanced in turquoise-green, and five quite detailed floral figures in blue. In addition, the underside of the plate’s rim bears a black line suggestive of the foliate edge found on many earlier Iznik dishes. On the face of the plate the flat rim is painted in thick and thin black lines creating a quite elegant version of the rock and wave border, while there are small repeated incursions of blue and turquoise from the double line which separates it from the cavetto. This and the well of the plate are occupied by a large, asymmetrical, swirling bouquet of tulips, roses and a third flower, emerging from a leafy tuft. One of the roses achieves its position in the design through a “broken stem.” The bouquet, in turquoise-green, blue and raised red, is overlappped by a large central blue saz leaf, bearing a line of small flowers in reserve with a red center. There are traces of overglaze gilding.


Fragmentary MFA label with a number and donor’s name, Lyman.


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