16 Apr 2021
November 16, 2015 - Filed under: Antique Cabinets — Harriet

An antique tile which had been left in a garage in Devon, has turned out to be a valuable artefact.

The tile was discovered propped up against a motorbike, and seemed destined to end up at a jumble sale. However, experts soon became aware that the tile was actually a rare Islamic ceramic that was produced around 1566. The Iznik fritware features a pedestal fountain that is surrounded by parrots. The nine and a half-inch tile originates from the Turkish Ottoman Empire and is one of just six in existence.

According to the owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, the tile was inherited from her step-grandfather. The relative had worked in Turkey as a mining engineer. As the tile was left in the owner’s garage collecting dust, it was going to be sent to a jumble sale. Although the owner didn’t have any knowledge of the tile’s value or rarity, David Ship, a valuer, knew immediately what it was and that it was valuable. Despite knowing what the tile was, the valuer placed an estimate on the item of £2,000 to £5,000. As word spread to collectors in London of what the item was, the bids soon started to arrive, resulting in a bidding war. The final bid came in at £172,000, setting a record.

A tile like this would look particularly attractive adorning an antique bedside cabinet, especially if the room was furnished entirely with antique bedroom furniture. Suitable pieces may be found in an established antiques dealer in the Blackburn region.

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