The naturalist floral decoration, painted in shades of pale and dark blue violet, aubergine, pale grey and olive green on a white ground, springs from a series of stems along the base of this vessel. The lip and base are emphasised by a frieze of floral motifs set in panels that alternate with pairs of rosettes with three tulip buds.
Less usual colours were introduced into Iznik ceramics in the mid-sixteenth century, especially pastel tones such as salmon, ochre, lavender blue and violet, which were sometimes applied in the engobe as background colours.
Cylindrical tankards (such as this one) with angular flat handles may have been based on European prototypes made of wood, leather or even metal. This model, originally called hanap, was clearly designed for the foreign market or for merchants and diplomats who lived in Turkey. It became a common form throughout the empire in the second half of the 16th century.
Aynard Collection. Acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris, 15 December 1913.
H. 30 cm
Arte do Oriente Islâmico, Colecção da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, exhibition catalogue. Lisbon: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 1963, no. 33.
N. Atasoy and J. Raby, Iznik. The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey. London: Alexandria Press, 1989, no. 362.
Rona Goffen (ed.), Museums Discovered. The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Woodbine Books, 1995, p. 188–9.
Maria Queiroz Ribeiro, Iznik Pottery. Lisbon: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, 1996, p. 150–1, no. 33.
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. Lisbon: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, 2001, p. 49, no. 32.
These cookies are used to enhance your browsing experience, security and our website's performance, allowing you to access the main features of the website. Therefore, they are always enabled. This type of cookies includes cookies that allow you to be remembered as you browse the website during a single session.
These cookies collect information about the use of the website to improve the services provided and to evaluate the performance of the website. Some of these cookies may be used to test pages or the functionality of the website by measuring the reaction of users. These cookies may be our own and / or owned by third parties.
These cookies are third-party cookies that allow to connect to social media and share multimedia content from our website on those networks. Some of these cookies help us to adapt advertising outside of our website to the interests of the users. By disabling these cookies, it will no longer be possible to directly share our content in any social media
For more information about cookies and the processing of your personal data, please see the Privacy and Cookies Policy. You can change your cookie settings at any time through the link at the bottom of the page.