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Unknown, potter, Syria, Damascus


Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


fritware (stonepaste)


tile panel; category
Islamic pottery; category
Iznik; category


circa 1550 1650




late 16th or early 17th century


fritware, painted in blue green and black under a clear glaze and framed in ebonised wood.
Fritware, mould made, painted (possibly on a white slip) in blue, green and black under a clear glaze and framed in ebonised wood.
Shape: a panel of ten square tiles set in a rectangular ebonised frame made in sections and lobed on top edge
Upper surface: all decoration is outlined in black, painted in green or blue and reserved in blue. In the centre, a white flower pot with flaring base, split palmette handles and a double mouth is painted with saz leaves and flowers. Emanating from this pot, a floral bouquet of tulips and carnations radiates over the upper half of the panel. The vase is flanked by cypress trees springing from grassy tufts along with further saz leaves and flowers. A cross-hatch boarder is just visible, obscured by the frame at the top right hand corner. The tiles are enclosed by a ebonised wood frame, gilded with key hole and leaf shapes, on the top edge and inscribed on the bottom edge.
Lower surface: not visible due to plaster, wood and card backing.


moulding; whole
slip-coating; upper surface; possibly, white
painting; upper surface; in bright blue, green, and black
glazing (coating); upper surface; transparent


fritware; whole
slip; upper surface; possibly, white
pigments; upper surface; green, blue, black
glaze; upper surface; trasnparent
wood; frame; ebonised
gilt; frame
card; backing
plaster; backing


fritware, painted in blue green and black under a clear glaze and framed in ebonised wood.


height, whole, 122, cm
width, whole, 92, cm
depth, whole, 8, cm
height, single tile, 26, cm
width, single tile, 27, cm


given; 1909; The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Christie's, 26th February, 1909, lot 104

Acquisition Credit:

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


inscription; bottom edge of frame; hand painted; ‘PANEL OF DAMASCUS TILES 16TH - 17TH CENT. GIVEN BY THE FRIENDS OF THE FITZWILLIAM, 1909’ ; inscribed in white


Catalogue of Specimens Illustrative of Persian and Arab Art. 1885 - 1885
Organiser: Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, Britain
Venue: Burlington Fine Arts Club, London
Notes: lent by Mrs Horace Davey, p. 42, pl. 22c
Catalogue number: 354

'I turned it into a palace', Sir Sydney Cockerell and The Fitzwilliam Museum. 2008-11-04 - 2009-03-17
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: Mellon Gallery
Notes: See documentation



Object Number: C.5-1909
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 17525; input: 2000-12-14; modified: 2016-06-08)


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