Vase

1650-1700 (made)

Unknown

Height: 17.1 cm, Diameter: 12.7 cm

2546-1876 MES

Vase or multi-necked vase for cut-flowers, fritware, cobalt-blue ground, overglaze painted in a solid ruby-coloured lustre; Iran, 1650-1700.

Vase for cut-flowers, fritware, of baluster shape with flared nack, the shoulders applied with four trumpet-shaped tubular spouts, the exterior covered with a cobalt blue wash, under a clear glaze and overglaze painted with a solid metallic ruby lustre ground.

The designs on Safavid lustreware are purely Iranian, and owe nothing to Chinese designs, so prevalent in underglaze blue painted wares. Potters revived a three-hundred year old Iranian decorative technique in the second half of the Seventeenth century. However, the sources for the designs are found in contemporary manuscript illuminations, some dated about 1675.

Location: Ceramics Study Galleries, Asia & Europe, room 137, case 31, shelf 7

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