- Eastern Islamic Art
Turkey, Iznik, ca. 1545
The main motif of this panel consists of branches of the prunus painted on a cobalt blue ground, creating a vertical two-tile pattern that can be repeated indefinitely lengthways. The base of each branch of the prunus divides into several smaller branches, and two tulips and a sprig of hyacinths also appear, in addition to the traditional carnations and roses from naturalist floral compositions in Ottoman ceramics.
The cobalt blue ground and the dominance of white, pale blues and dark greens in this twelve-tile panel, the largest known with this decoration, suggest a garden bathed in moonlight.
Rona Goffen (ed.) – Museums discovered: The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1995, p. 186-187, colourpl.
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum – Album, Lisbon, Calouste GulbenkianMuseum, 2001, p. 48, no. 31, ils.