A pair of Iznik celadon barbed dishes, 17th Century.

The dishes have blue-edged rims and are decorated with a foliate trellis in white slip.

The long tradition of simple pottery making at Iznik, in Turkey, was transformed into a major industry with the patronage of the Ottoman court in Istanbul from the late 15th Century.

By the following century, Iznik had become famous for the manufacture of pottery and tiles, many of which were used in the decoration of mosques and palaces.


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