Dish with spiral vines Turkey, Ottoman period (1299–1923), second quarter of the 16th century Stonepaste painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Iznik ware) Interchanges between Chinese ceramics and those produced in Turkey continued throughout the sixteenth century: while this dish was made to imitate Chinese porcelain, the decoration is uniquely Ottoman Turk. Tiny rosettes and leaves are rendered in tightly coiled vines that derive from calligraphy and, in particular, the tughras, or royal monograms, of the sultans.
Fernand Adda Collection, Egypt (by 1959–65; sale, Palais Galliéra, Paris,December 3, 1965, no. 855, to Marthe Baschet for MMA)
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