Monumental Iznik tile
Fritware with underglaze painted decoration
Turkey, Iznik, circa 1600, Ottoman Empire
Height 39,5 Width 62,5 cm
Provenance: formerly in a private Armenian collection, acquired in the 1960’s, then acquired by a French dealer in the 1980′ in Maubert Mutualité (Paris).
This monumental and impressive tile is from a rare group of large blue and white tiles produced at Iznik in the late 16th century or early 17th, probably special orders for wealthy individuals or the court.
This tile is re-using the fashion for Chinese design with tchi clouds in a more free way than the early 16th century examples adding elements from the typical Ottoman decorative repertoire, especially in the central cusped cartouche and the Greek inspired design of the border.
The book binding tradition is another strong influence of the design of this tile.
The monumental size and the strong design are making this tile a pristine example of later blue and white Iznik ceramic production.