Ceramics of Iran Islamic Pottery from the Sarikhani Collection Oliver Watson

Publication date:
13 Oct 2020
The Sarikhani Collection
528 pages: 298 x 241mm
530 color + b-w illus.
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A beautifully illustrated showcase of the rich and varied ceramic tradition of Iran

Featuring a broad selection of objects from one of the most distinguished collections of Iranian art, this volume brings together over 1,000 years of Persian Islamic pottery. With more than 500 illustrations, authoritative technical treatises, and insightful commentary, Ceramics of Iran assembles a collection of rarely seen treasures from the Persian world and presents a collective history of its renowned ceramic tradition. Included among its comprehensive catalogue entries are numerous translations of the object’s inscriptions, providing readers with a richer and more detailed understanding of the cultural heritage from which these items are derived. In addition, the book contains new research and material from previously unknown sites. Featuring all new photography of nearly 250 objects, Ceramics of Iran brings the extraordinary contributions of Persian art into a wider historical context, along with a wealth of images to demonstrate the full scope of its intricate beauty.

Oliver Watson is emeritus professor of Islamic art and architecture at the University of Oxford.

“[A] detailed guide to more than 1,000 years of ceramics in a private collection of art from Iran...Lavishly illustrated, it includes newly commissioned photographs of some 250 objects.”—Apollo Magazine

“This outstanding publication closely examines some 250 pieces by means of new photography and extended captions, with altogether well over 500 illustrations, maps, and an enormous amount of scholarly comment...a thrilling selection of an art that is all too unfamiliar to many.”—Marina Vaizey, V&A Magazine

“The whole volume is beautifully designed and produced, and for many years will no doubt become a key reference work on Iranian glazed ceramics of the Islamic period (especially the medieval and early modern material).”—Richard Piran McClary, HALI