Joseph-Théodore Deck (French, 1823–1891)
Earthenware with underglaze and enamel polychrome decoration ("Persian" faience)
Diam. 16 1/8 in. (41.3 cm)
Purchase, Anonymous Gift and funds from various donors, 1985 (1985.225)
The decoration of this dish is derived from Turkish ceramics made in the town of Iznik between the fifteenth and the seventeenth centuries. Iznik ceramics were an important source of inspiration for Deck, who studied them at the Musée de Cluny in Paris, which opened to the public in 1843. Although Deck borrowed Iznik colors and motifs, he did not make exact replicas of their designs. Instead, he loosely adapted motifs, creating designs of his own invention, typically in a more symmetrical pattern than Turkish prototypes.