Iznik Pottery and Tiles in the Calouste Gulbenkian Collection

After more than twenty years since the Gulbenkian’s Iznik pottery catalogue was published comes this book celebrating the impressive decorative repertoire, the great diversity, quantity and quality of Ottoman ceramic ware gathered by Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian. 

This publication is based on a selection of eighty representative objects from the various periods of production spanning the start of the 16th century up until the industry’s decline in the 17th century. After a brief history of the collection, the first part introduces the various types of ware according to their decoration, in a broadly chronological order. The second part, which is dedicated to tiles, deals with large panels, frieze and border tiles, most of which are on permanent display in the Museum. 

Calouste Gulbenkian’s first contact with Ottoman ceramics, which coincided with the beginning of his career as a collector, took place in 1898 when he bought four Iznik fritware dishes at Christie’s in London, two of which are of the highest quality, decorated over a scale background. Over the following forty years, Gulbenkian steadily collected the remaining pieces making up this important group, which also includes the magnificent ceramic tile panels.


Technical information

Maria d’Orey Capucho Queiroz Ribeiro
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon and Scala, London
300 mm x 240 mm
978-972-8848-57-6 (paperback edition), 978-972-8848-58-3 (hardback edition)
Updated on 25 march 2022

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