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A large Safavid blue and white pottery dish, Iran, 18th century. Estimate £5,000 – £7,000 ($8,365 – $11,711). Price Realized £5,000 ($8,390). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014

With sloping rim on short foot, the white ground painted in cobalt-blue outlined in black with a pair of cranes on a ground of flowering plants, a further crane flying above in a sky decorated with a floral lattice, the upper section of the cavetto with a series of cartouches containing stylised cloudbands, the wide rim with large stylised peonies issuing scrolling vine, the edge of the rim painted brown, the exterior plain, repaired breaks;19 5/8in. (50cm.) diam.

Christie’s. ART OF THE ISLAMIC AND INDIAN WORLDS INCLUDING A PRIVATE COLLECTION DONATED TO BENEFIT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, PART V, 10 April 2014, London, King Street

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