Bowl with Peonies

Bowl with Peonies

1600s
Culture
Islamic
Country
Iran
bowl
Ceramic with blue pigment under a transparent glaze
Gift of Bj Averitt
1994.12

Bowl with Floral Medallions, 1600s. Safavid dynasty (1501–1736), Iran.
Fritware with underglaze blue; 4 x 8 3/4 in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Bj Averitt, 1994.12

This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 4 in, 10.1600 cm; diameter: 8.75 in, 22.2250 cm
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian

Bowl with Floral Medallions
1600s, Safavid dynasty (1501–1736)
Iran
Ceramic with blue pigment under a transparent glaze
Gift of Bj Averitt
1994.12

This blue-and-white bowl is a refined example of Safavid dynasty adaptations of Ming dynasty ceramic designs. Although made in seventeenth-century Iran, its shape and decoration are derived from sixteenth-century China. The base of the bowl has a simulated reign mark, showing how driven Iranian potters were to emulate Chinese originals. The demand for Chinese-style ceramics was not confined to Iran. These motifs inspired designs elsewhere in Asia, and by the eighteenth century this had become a truly international style.