Antique Palestinian Pottery Iznik Vase by Balian & Karakashian Armenian Artisans of Nablus Road, Jerusalem (2925)
An early 20th century art pottery vase made in Jerusalem during the inter-war period (1920's). It is in the Iznik style and traditionally fired in an uncontrolled kiln. It was made in the Nablus Road workshop started by David Ohannessian (painter) and his partners Nishan Balian (potter) and Megerdish Karakashian (painter). The artists were Armenian artisans who fled the troubles in 1915 and settled in Jerusalem after being invited by the 'Pro-Jerusalem Society' under British military rule at the time. They famously worked on the restoration of tiles at the 'Dome on the Rock'.
The local clay is very red and items were dipped in white slip prior to decoration. Here you can see some of the base colour showing through the glaze in areas. It is signed to the base with the initials of the Karakashian Balian families in the Armenian language.
Hand made and of artisan form. A couple of shallow rim chips. Further chips around the base, many of which appear to be from firing.
Height: 12.8 cm ( 5 inch )
Width: 9 cm ( 3 1/2 inch ) at rim
Weight: 316 grams (before packing)
Stock Code: 2925 MR22-3
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