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A pair Iznik polychrome border tiles on a brushed cobalt blue ground

They are decorated in bole-red and green outlined in black with lotus-palmettes on arching stems with attached pairs of serrated saz leaves.  The sharpness of the drawing, the absence of any bleeding of the colours into one another and the perfect hue and density of the relief red, mark these as belonging to the heyday of polychrome ceramic ware production in Iznik during the reign of Murad III.

Ottoman Turkey, Iznik

Width: 12 cm each
Length: 27 cm each

UK private collection since at least 1896 (newspaper fragment of that date found by restorer inside old frame)
Sotheby's, London, 15/10/2003, lot 49
Acquired there by AXIA