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A highly unusual Iznik pottery rimless dish

depicting a turbaned hunter on horseback about to ford a river

Turkey, circa 1580

Painted in underglaze green, turquoise, cobalt and bole red with black outline on a white ground, wearing a turban and a buttoned tunic, a quiver of arrows and a hawker’s drum at his thigh, flanked by two exotic birds and two flowering plants, a choppy river of eight fish in front of him, the border with half-rosettes, ten small floral motifs encircling the foot-ring

30 cm., 11 ¾ in. diameter



Fernand Adda (1890-1965), Alexandria: sold Palais Galliera, Paris, 3 December 1965, lot 893

Cyril Humphries, London, 1967

Sotheby’s, London, 4 December 1972, lot 37: Eskenazi, Milan

Private collection, Italy: sold Christie’s, London, 17 June 1999, lot 1

Private collection, London, 1999-2021


The underside with a nineteenth century oval label numbered in ink and a rectangular ‘Eskenazi Antichita’ label.



Bernard Rackham, Islamic Pottery and Italian Majolica, London, 1959, pp. 142-3, pl. 226

Cyril Humphries, 69 pieces of Islamic Pottery and Italian Maiolica from the Adda Collection, London, 1967, no. 14

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