Western Asia, Persia (Iran) or possibly Syria, Ilkhanid (Il-Khanid, Ilkhanate), ca. 14th century CE. An ornately decorated ceramic bowl, hemispherical and with a tall, ring-shaped foot. The interior is painted with a brilliant decorative program comprised of geometric motifs including circles, diamonds, and spirals around a large flower motif, all in blue and black on a background of creamy white. The exterior, in contrast, features broadly spaced, thin vertical lines as its only decoration. Lovely craquelure and a faint iridescence have added to the piece with age. Size: 7.35" W x 3.4" H (18.7 cm x 8.6 cm)
Published in Pal, Pratapaditya (ed.), "Islamic Art, the Nasli M. Heeramaneck Collection", Los Angeles, 1973, no. 93 p. 56 (not illustrated).
Provenance: private California, USA collection; purchased from Christie’s of South Kensington, UK, October 18, 2002 lot 166; ex-Nasli M. Heeramaneck, donated by Joan Palevsky
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One side has been repaired and restored from multiple pieces. This is very well done and includes very limited overpainting. Amazing silvery iridescence and craquelure on surface. Old collection label on underside.