Highlights of London’s Spring 2017 Islamic Sales… including the lot that broke the record for an Ottoman textile at auction
By John Scott | April 20, 2017
The spring Islamic sales are being held in Bond Street and elsewhere in London this week. These graphic, almost sensuous silk velvets and brocades, rediscovered by the beau monde in the early 1900s, are tipped to break records at Sotheby’s on April 26 and are just some of the exceptional...
Islamic Art, Orientalism, Textiles
Magical snow, sweet-and-sour pomegranate molasses and Turkish fairy tales
By Emma Harper | February 22, 2017
In this blog series, we highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that we’ve read over the past month.
‘Snow in Istanbul always feels magical,’ writes Tim Arango in The New York Times
. He documents how last month’s blizzard, the heaviest snowfall in Istanbul since 2009, came as...
Books, Culinary Arts, History, News, Orientalism, Travel
By Michael Hornsby | January 1, 2017
Recent news has made the need for dialogue and exchange between East and West feel more essential than ever. Fear of a Muslim terrorist-refugee bogeyman was one of the key things exploited by Donald Trump in his successful presidential campaign. Against such a grim backdrop, the arrival in Berlin in...
Fine Art, Islamic Art, Orientalism, Travel
Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia
By Tim Cornwell | May 29, 2016
Once in a while a curator with instinct and particular passion hits a mark. In Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia, staged in Newcastle, in the heart of Britain’s northeast, Sara Makari-Aghdam uses the work of five contemporary artists to construct a celebration and reflection of a permissive past...
Contemporary Art, Music and Performing Arts, Orientalism
Tim Cornwell visits the Jean-Étienne Liotard exhibition in Edinburgh
By Tim Cornwell | July 9, 2015
The 18th-century portrait artist Jean-Étienne Liotard, depicted in this miniature self-portrait in the Royal Collection, is widely seen as the first Orientalist. The four years he spent in Turkey from 1738, drawing and painting Western merchants and diplomats as well as Ottoman citizens, made him the first serious European artist...