Turkish, Iznik - Plate, about 1650-1699

Turkish, Iznik

Plate, about 1650-1699

Polychrome underglaze painting on silceous earthenware , 25.8 x 25.7 x 4.5 cm (10 3/16 x 10 1/8 x 1 3/4 in.)


In the sixteenth century, the Ottoman Turkish ceramic workshops at Iznik produced large numbers of colorful pottery wares and wall tiles. They are famous for their bright red, black, blue, turquoise, and green glazed designs painted on flawless white grounds. The red carnations and blue tulips seen here were popular decorations. This plate was made during the second half of the 17th century when quality from the Iznik ateliers was in decline due to mass-production and the lack of highly trained artisans.