Fritware with underglaze painted decoration
Turkey, Iznik, circa 1530, Ottoman Empire
Height 23,8 Width 23,6 Depth 1,9 cm
Provenance: old French private collection, the tile was framed in an early 20th century English frame from R. Dolman and sons and was bearing a French label dated 1965 stating it was Persian (sic)
This beautiful early tile bears a design in a central cartouche with tchi cloud design. This design can be found on the upper corners of the walls of the Sünnet Odasi at Topkapi Palace.
A related example of different shape with tchi clouds is kept in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (1681-1892).
Another example is kept in the Sadberk Hanim Museum (SHM 3994) and published in: Bilgi, H. (2009) Dance of Fire – Iznik tiles and ceramics in the Sadberk Hanim Museum and Ömer M. Koç Collections, Istanbul: Vehbi Koç Foundation: Sadberk Hanim Museum, p. 91, N°25.
Another tile, closely related, but with the tchi cloud design on the corners, is kept in the collection of the Louvre Museum in Paris (AD5595).