Blue-and-white basin, Turkey

Blue-and-white basin, Turkey

Blue-and-white basin
Turkey, probably Iznik
About 1530
Fritware, painted before glazing
Museum no. C.257-1921

In the 1470s, the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II settled fritware potters in the small town of Iznik, near Istanbul. They were soon making some of the most accomplished Islamic ceramics.

The shapes were borrowed from metalwork, and the designs were in the Ottoman court style. But the colour scheme came from Chinese blue-and-white porcelain. After 1500, other colours came into use, including the touches of turquoise used here.