Iznik ceramics are painted under a beautiful transparent glaze and fired in a single shot. Technically less sophisticated than Yuan porcelains, they are inspired by them for the shapes and decorations of the pieces. Because of their low hardness, they are not considered as porcelains.
The development is gradual, and the colors and decorative motifs allow to date with a good accuracy the oldest Iznik ceramics for which funerary pieces are providing useful date marks. The dish for sale by Sotheby's in London on October 8 has been made around 1520, when a copper turquoise joins the cobalt blue but no other colors are still used.
This large dish 35 cm in diameter displays a beautiful elegance with its patterns of flowers, clouds, palm leaves and arabesques which are a synthesis of the decorative traditions from and after Baba Nakkas. The turquoise blue is used for the central motif, a blossomed tree, symbol of life, of which no similar example is known.
This masterpiece of Ottoman ceramics is estimated £ 300K, lot 172.