Lacking the clay necessary for the production of porcelain, potters in Turkey (and elsewhere in the Middle East) created stonepaste bodies that included clay and quartz to mimic the appearance of porcelain. The cluster of grapes in the center of this dish was inspired by fifteenth-century Chinese ceramics, which were first collected in Turkey in the sixteenth century.
Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
Lane, Arthur. Later Islamic Pottery: Persia, Syria, Egypt, Turkey. London: Faber and Faber, 1957. ill. pl. 32B, -Similar plate in V&A. This type called 'Isnik, about 1525-40'.
Kühnel, Ernst. "(Translation of Islamische Kleinkunst)." In Islamic Arts. London, 1970. no. 117.
Pope, John A. "Chinese Influences on Iznik Pottery: A re-examination of an old problem." In Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, edited by Richard Ettinghausen. New York, NY: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972. p. 130, ill. fig. 8 (b/w).
Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 213, pp. 304-305, ill. p. 304 (color).