- What’s On
Ali Art, one of the leading auction houses in Istanbul, will hold its autumn auction at a very fitting venue – a 19th-century waterside palace.
There will be two auctions on the day. The Engravings, Maps and Books auction will start at 14.00 and feature 575 works in 379 lots. These will include sociological, ethnographical, political, psychological, legal and geographical written works on the Ottoman Empire and Turkey. The Ottoman and Collected Art Works auction will start at 15.30 and feature 203 lots. Most of the pieces will be paintings and sculptures by leading contemporary artists, but there will also be rare pieces of classical Ottoman paintings and decorative items such calligraphy, metalwork, embroidery, ceramics, jewellery and beads.
The most anticipated piece is the above painting by the last Caliph, Abdülmecid Efendi, which he completed in 1899 at the age of 31. The painting has been a subject of intrigue for years and until now, its whereabouts were unknown. It is perceived as an Orientalist painting and bears resemblances to Gerome’s ‘Harem on the Terrace’ in terms of its subject and composition. Three other paintings of interest that shed light on the era Abdülmecid II’s rule will be on offer: one lot will include two paintings, ‘Battle of Domokos’ and ‘Victorious Return’ (asking price 60,000 TL), and the other will be ‘Sultan Abdülmecid’s Enthronement Ceremony at Topkapı Palace’ (30,000 TL), all by anonymous artists.
Other notable paintings include: ‘Bosphorus as viewed from Gümüşsuyu’ by Bahriyeli İsmail Hakkı Bey (30,000 TL), ‘Çanakkale Jug and Oranges’ and ‘Çanakkale Jug’ by Feyhaman Duran (30,000 TL and 35,000 TL), ‘Woman Making Lace’ by Nurullah Berk (90,000 TL), ‘Landscape’ by İhsan Cemal Karaburçak (70,000 TL), ‘Nudes’ and ‘Street’ (below) by Fikret Mualla (75,000 TL and 55,000 TL) and ‘Architect Sinan’ by Sabri Berkel (30,000 TL).