Lot 2 (Islamic & Indian Art, 22nd April 2020)
THREE COBALT BLUE AND LUSTRE-PAINTED STAR POTTERY TILES
PROPERTY OF THE LATE BRUNO CARUSO (1927 - 2018) COLLECTION
Possibly Kashan, Iran, 13th - 14th century
Comprising three star-shaped architectural pottery tiles, each decorated with a copper lustre-painted animal motif to the centre such as ibex, camel and bear, the background filled with floral, vegetal and beaded patterns, the border decorated with a continuous band of abstract split palmette motifs on a cobalt blue ground (2) and a free naskh calligraphic band in copper lustre against a white ground (1), each 21cm x 20.5cm.
A variety of these copper lustre-painted star tiles have been offered in the London auction art market in recent years. For further comparison, please see Bonhams London, 28 April 2005, lot 383 and 18 October 2016, lot 72; and Christie's South Kensington, 6 October 2008, lot 340.
Sold for £2,250