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Lot 714 Dα

An Iznik earthenware tile

Auction 1244 - overview Cologne
15.05.2024, 10:00 - Silver Porcelain Ceramics
Estimate: 10.000 € - 15.000 €
Result: 12.600 € (incl. premium)

An Iznik earthenware tile

Fritware, glazed white, underglaze decoration in two shades of blue, green, with iron red in light relief. With a central palmette motif with five flowerheads surrounded by stiff foliage. Wear to the edges, two restored losses to the glaze. 22.3 cm x 29 cm x 1.7 cm.
Turkey, around 1580.

Tiles with this pattern decorate the Has Oda (the Secret Chamber) in the harem of the Topkapi Palace, which was designed during the reign of Sultan Murad III, between 1574 and 1595. A panel with nine of these tiles was sold at Christie's in London on 12 October 1981 as lot 218 and is now in the Tareq Rajab Museum in Kuwait (Fehérvári 2000, p.314, no. 377). Two further tiles are in the Khalili Collection (Geneva 1995, no. 122) and a fragment in the Sadberk Hanim Museum, Istanbul (see Ara Altun 1991, I.66).


Christie’s Paris auction 5457 on 7th March 2007, Art de l’Orient et Des Indes, du Xième au XXème Siècle provenant d’une collection particulière Française, lot 123.


Cf. Rogers (ed.), The Topkapi Saray Museum, Architecture, Boston 1988, no. 67.

Cf. Ara Altun, Iznik. Türkische Kacheln und Keramiken. Sadberk Hanim Museum, Istanbul 1991, p. 42, no. 66.

Cf. Rogers, Das Reich der Sultane. Osmanische Kunst aus der Sammlung Khalili, London 2002, p. 196, no. 133.

Cf. Denny, Gardens of Paradise. Turkish Tile Decoration of the 16th Century, Istanbul 1998, pl. 80, p.146 f.

Cf. Momtaz, Islamic Art. Ornament and Description, London 2004, p. 45.

Cf. Khalili, Tijdslijn van de Islamitische Kunst en Architectuur, Amsterdam 2006, p. 100.
Cf. de Guise (ed.), Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (vol. II), Malaysia 2009, p. 346, inv. 2006.2.6.