This dish comes from the major ceramics production center of Iznik, which rose to prominence in the sixteenth century and was known for its distinctive saz-style floral ornament. In the seventeenth century, there developed a new decorative repertory of figures, animals, ships, and buildings, including pagoda-like pavilions and domed churches. These field designs are found on numerous examples. The characteristic border of these pieces, ultimately derived from Chinese wave motifs, has become a pattern of alternating leaves and spirals.
Marking: -On the underside in blue paint: Cannes; in red paint : 1032.2; in underglaze brown: [the letters 'B' and 'C' in ornate script].
Fernand Adda Collection, Egypt (by 1959–65; sale, Palais Galliéra, Paris,December 3, 1965, no. 815, to Marthe Baschet for MMA)
Wichita, KS. Wichita Art Museum. "Metropolitan Exhibition at Wichita," October 1977–January 1978.
Museum für Islamische Kunst, Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. "The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the M.M.A.," June 15, 1981–August 8, 1981, no. 104.
Rackham, Bernard. "Illustrated Catalogue of a Private Collection." In Islamic Pottery and Italian Maiolica. London: Faber and Faber, 1959. no. 207, p. 48, ill. pl. 93A.
Collection d'un Grand Amateur (Adda). Paris, December 3, 1965. no. 815.
"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 104, pp. 248-249, ill. p. 249 (b/w).