Stonepaste; polychrome painted under a transparent glaze
H. 1 5/8 in.(4.1 cm)
Diam. of rim: 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1966
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459
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)
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).