Lot n° 31
800 - 1200
Carreau de revêtement au singe, en deux parties
Iran, Safavid art, 17th century and later
Ceramic decorated with colored glazes and black line on a cobalt blue background, decorated with a monkey with a ruff and white and black flowering branches. A small chip. Half of the tile was added later.
23,5 x 23,5 cm
The monuments and palaces of Isfahan were covered with thousands of colorful tiles with various patterns, similar to this one. The city, the capital of the Safavid Empire, was transformed by new constructions from the reign of Shah'Abbas (1587-1629). The technique of the black line, dating from the Timurid period in the fourteenth century, is taken up by the production of Iran Safavid in the late sixteenth and seventeenth century (Jean Soustiel and Yves Porter, Tombs of Paradise, Editions Monelle Hayot, 2003, p 215-220). A tile with two monkeys is in the Musée des arts décoratifs in Paris (inv 17364 published in Rémi Labrusse, Purs décors ?, Musée du Louvre éditions, Paris, p 338). A similar one, with acrobatic monkeys, was published in a Simon Ray catalog (London, 2002, n°22).
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