Antique, late 19th century Turkish Ottoman Islamic ceramic Kutahya vase, of baluster form rising to a flared conical neck with a frilled and lobed rim. Hand-painted under a rich, thick, clear glaze with floral vines and dots.
Kütahya was a very important ceramic center of the Ottomans, active from the 17th to the early 20th century with workshops making hand-painted ceramics for both domestic and public spheres. In Western Anatolia, not far to the stories Iznik ceramic center, Kütahya artisans were freer than their Iznik counterparts - who produced precisely designed ceramics for elite and palace residences, urban, and high imperial religious buildings - to bring their artistry and unique ideas to the fore.
Iznik went into decline at the end of the 17th century; Kütahya gained more prominence. Kütahya ceramics are known for their many styles, for their unique colors - yellow, spring green, iron-rich brick red, and most especially turquoise - and their wide range of products, from domestic vases and coffee cups, to tiles and ecclesiastical objects for mosques, churches, and synagogues. Long overshadowed in the antiques market by their "elite" Iznik cousins, Kütahya pieces are finally achieving the attention they deserve.
For more information on Kutahya wares in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, please see Dinos T. Kogias, Souvenir of Kutahya: Imprints of History on Kutahya's Pottery, catalogue exhibition of the Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece, 2021.
Condition: The vase is in good overall condition. As the photos show there is minor old chips, on the rim. No cracks or repairs.
Height: 29.5 cm (11.61inches).
Width: 16.5 cm (6.5 inches).