Iznik Dish Decorated with Tulips and Roses
This circular pottery dish is painted with an asymmetrical composition of flowering bole-red roses and cobalt-blue tulips, featuring raised bole-red dots, sprouting from a bunch of green and blue foliage. The everted rim is decorated with a stylised wave and rock border in cobalt blue and accentuated with green enamel. The reverse of the dish is decorated with alternating cobalt blue and green flower heads and paired cobalt-blue floral sprigs. There is an old collector’s label on the base and ‘300’ painted twice in black ink.
A similar Iznik dish with tulips and roses and nearly identical rim decoration, circa 1575, is published in Hitzel, p. 122, fig. 114, RMN Réunion, Paris, Accession Number E. Cl. 8111 (DS 2524).
Literature: Hitzel, F. & Jacotin, M. Iznik: L'aventure d'une collection, RMN, Paris, 2005.