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Embroidered Letter and Document Wallets in the Sadberk Hanım Museum and Ömer M. Koç Collections

September 10, 2022 – May 31, 2023
Open daily 10–17, closed Wednesday and January 1

SHM: The Sadberk Hanım Museum, Büyükdere Piyasa Cad 27–29, Büyükdere, Sarıyer, Istanbul


With Istanbul awash with contemporary artworks, it is a relief to have one seriously beautiful, scholarly exhibition focusing on the city’s Ottoman heritage. Beautifully crafted letter and document wallets were the essential accessory for Levant merchants and their wives, ambassadors extraordinary and French foreign ministers, notably the flamboyant comte de Vergennes, whose portrait hangs alongside that of his mistress and future wife in the Pera Museum. This marvellous collection of 91 embroidered wallets spans a century and a half, from 1669 to 835. It has also inspired the revival of the art, as you will discover when you visit the show.


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