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41. Islamic Influence


Europe 1400-1800

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Islamic influence on Western aesthetics

Islamic influence on western aesthetics:  The last item on the tour is not so much an object but a whole cabinet created by the British Museum to showcase how Islamic art and design has influenced western art – from tiles, to plates and bowls.

Theodore Deck trained as a chemist and sculptor, working initially in pottery factories in Strasbourg, Vienna and Berlin before setting up his own atelier in Paris in 1856.  

Deck’s Iznik-style wares, with their celebrated turquoise blue, were first shown in Paris in 1861 and then in London in 1862.

Flick through some of the examples shown here

This ends your tour. Return through rooms 41 and 40 to the 3rd floor coffee area, room 36, and then take either lift or the South Stairs down to the main entrance  on Level 0. Thank you for exploring the Silk Road at the British Museum.