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An iznik polychrome pottery dish with hyacinths and prunus
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Über das Objekt

Fritware decorated in underglaze cobalt blue, green and relief red with thin green outlines, featuring a central bouquet between hyacinth and prunus stems, the rim with a breaking wave design interspersed by S-shape motifs, reverse with flower heads and foliate stems\nThere are no people who so much delight in beautiful flowers as the Turks, when they find a beautiful wallflower or some other graceful flower, even though it has no smell they do not prize it the less [...]. Artisans commonly have several flowers of different colours in a jar of water in front of them, to keep them fresh in their beauty. And so the Turks think as much of their gardens as we do, and go to great trouble to get exotic trees, particularly those that have beautiful flowers, and grudge no money for the purpose\n\nPierre Belon du Mans, a herbalist who travelled in quest of plants throughout the Ottoman empire (1546-49) in the entourage of the French ambassador to Suleyman the Magnificent (Travels in the Levant: The Observations of Pierre Belon du Mans (1553), (ed.) Alexandra Merle. (trans.) James Hogarth, UK, p.469).  


Intact, drill hole to rim and on foot for hanging (one above the other), a further small unfinished drill hole to rim near larger one, very minor chips and scratches and external edge otherwise in good condition, bright glaze, some of the red bole gone, most probably in firing process, as viewed. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."


30cm. diam. 


Ex-collection Leon Rolin (1871-1950) and his wife Madeleine Shaar (1876-1954); by descent. Known fondly as the ‘Lion of Cairo’, Leon Rolins stimulated the construction industry and made significant contributions to the infrastructure and landscapes of Cairo through his firm Leon Rolin & Co from its inception in 1902. It was during these fruitful business ventures that the family began avidly collecting Islamic art, which is still being passed down through the generations to this day. 

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