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Tilework

In terms of media, ceramic arts constitute the largest component of the DDFIA collection. While both portable ceramic vessels and tilework are represented, tilework is the collection’s indisputable strength. As with several other collection highlights, the DDFIA’s tilework is indicative of Doris Duke’s (1912–93) domestic circumstances—her desire to cover her home’s expansive walls. Considered here are four notable sub-collections: Ilkhanid (Iran), Ottoman (Syria and Turkey), Qajar (Iran), and Pahlavi (Iran).

Ilkhanid Iran

Ilkhanid Iran

The DDFIA’s collection of Ilkhanid tilework represents major trends in secular and religious architectural decoration from the 1260s through the first few decades of the fourteenth century and covers a wide range of techniques from underglaze-painted molded production to overglaze-painted luster and lajvardina.

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Ottoman Turkey and Syria

Ottoman Turkey and Syria

*Stay tuned for a detailed report on the DDFIA’s Ottoman Turkish and Syrian tile collection.

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Pahlavi Iran

Pahlavi Iran

While in Iran in the spring of 1938, Doris Duke (1912–93) and her husband James Cromwell charged the Iranian dealer Ayoub Rabenou with supervising the creation of custom-made tilework for the walls at Shangri La.

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