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A Safavid cobalt-backed blue-and-white pottery dish

Persia, probably Kirman, mid-seventeenth century

Of rimless form standing on a low foot-ring, painted in blue and white on a cream slip incised with a fish-scale design forming four pointed lobes, the central lozenge with projecting two-part pointed arches fringed in leaves alternating with ogee medallions filled with palmettes and foliage; the exterior sides cobalt, a double band inside the foot-ring enclosing a pseudo-Chinese character mark

41.5 cm., 16 1/8 in. diameter; 8 cm., 3 1/8 in. height



Private collection (d.1998), England

Christie’s, London, 6 October 2011, lot 171

Private collection, London, 2011-2021

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