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Safavid Dynasty Fritware Dish, Early 17th Century, Mashhad, Iran
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This wonderful dish is painted with scenes of stylised hat-wearing figures within cartouches which may resemble tents, a single figure in a setting which we have not identified, floral motifs and a very bouncy saddled horse in the centre. We would guess that the decoration refers to a specific event such as a wedding. The underside the dish is not painted, but it is glazed inside the foot-rim. The material from which the dish is made is a low fired type of body known as fritware, which incorporated ground glass in the clay, to produce a white body similar to porcelain. Fritware was widely used in Persian ceramics, particularly to imitate Chinese porcelain, as this dish does. The painting is in cobalt blue and manganese, under a transparent tin glaze. The Safavid period spans the whole of the 16th and 17th centuries, but this bowl can be judged by its fine decoration to date from the early part of the 17th century, and it probably comes from the Mashhad area. The dish is lightly potted and delicate, a lovely example of Safavid pottery at its peak.
Chester's Farm Antiques has clarified that the Safavid Dynasty Fritware Dish, Early 17th Century, Mashhad, Iran (LA352581) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c1640
Very good overall condition, with two triangular pieces of the rim reglued with short associated hairline cracks. There is also a chip on the foot-rim. Other than that the dish has overall crazing and imperfections from the making which would be considered typical. There is a museum or collection number painted on the base.
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