Iznik Garnet Necklace
Necklace inspired by an Iznik motif on a container with a lid kept in the Louvre museum.
Container with lid
Turkey, Iznik, circa 1585
Siliceous paste, decoration painted on engobe under transparent glaze
H. : 27 cm; D.: 24 cm
Musée du Louvre, deposit of the Musée de Cluny, 1926
In the last decades of the 15th century, the Ottoman Empire saw the emergence of a technically perfect production of ceramic tableware, meeting the needs of an elite in demand for luxury and ceremonial objects. One of its main manufacturing centres was in the town of Iznik. Throughout the 16th century, the so-called "Iznik" ceramics were also rapidly exported outside its borders.
In 1557, the colour red, obtained with a clay loaded with iron oxide, appeared for the first time on wall tiles in 1557. In the following two decades it spread to tableware. From the 1580s onwards, it occupied large areas on a series of very diverse objects, the majority of which were dishes and mugs. This large bowl with lid is representative of the use of this very present and spectacular red that stands out against the bright white background.