Islamic Art :
AS Collection 4 : Polychrome Dish with Peaches
Polychrome Dish with Peaches - LO.755
Origin: Central Asia
8" (20.3cm) depth
Collection: Islamic Art
Medium: Glazed Earthenware
Additional Information: AS
Location: Great Britain
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Thrown, stonepaste dish of shallow form with
slip over whole and polychrome decoration in
green, red and blue under clear, crackled alkali
glaze; rosette at centre against metallic green
ground; cavetto with five split palmette radiates
each with fauna spray at centre and peach spray
between. Repaired from fragments.
This dish can most likely be assigned to a group
known as ‘Kubachi’ wares, so-called for the town
which they were discovered yet, not necessarily
made. For years, Scholars remained in the dark
the date and origin of these mystery wares
assumed they were produced in the same
given the homogenous nature of their decoration.
More recently, the Royal Ontario Museum finally
solved the mystery and Samarkand or Nishapur
put forward as the most likely provenances.
study, useful in ascertaining the date of this
revealed that by 16th century the decoration of
‘Kubachi’ wares had become polychrome - green,
yellow and red were added to the existing palette
blue and black. Extant examples were assigned
specifically to the reign of Shah Abbas the Great.
The decorative formula seen here is strikingly
similar to a dish presently on display in the Wirth
Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum that has
attributed to Isfahan. The irrefutable similarities
between the two suggest this plate can be
a similar provenance.
It is thought that these vessels imitate Chinese
Kraak-ware – the Silk Route had for centuries
brought Muslim lands into contact with Chinese
For similar, cf. Ceramics of the Islamic World in
Tareq Rajab Museum (I.B.Tauris, London 2000) P.