Ornate jug with saz leaves on a green fish-scale ground and an embellished curved silver handle and rim, Circa 1560
Jug, Turkey, probably Iznik, About 1560, Fritware and underglaze painting, with 19th century silver mount, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld


Probably Iznik, Around 1560

From the early 16th century, the Ottoman Empire became Venice’s main trading partner in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Ottomans exported to Europe their highly prized pottery made in the imperial workshops of Iznik, near Istanbul. Jugs like this were frequently transformed into drinking vessels by adding silver mounts (although this mount was probably added in the 19th century).

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