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The Sadberk Hanım Museum Kütahya Ceramics Collection

March 6, 2018 – November 25, 2018
Ticket for museum entrance: TL10, closed Wednesdays. Apply for newsletter here.

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

Kütahya is often portrayed as the Iznik’s country cousin. It was never under the thrall of the palace workshops (except when it was filling in for missing Iznik, which it seems to this day to be able to do quite effortlessly).

But in its own right, as readers of Cornucopia will know (see John Carswell’s Bequest of Gentleman, issue 46), Kütahya can be both exquisite and playful. And what an amazing revelation this jewel-like exhibition is, all crammed into one room, like a treasure trove of nuggets. John Carswell catalogued the Sadberk Hanım’s nascent collection more than a decade ago. Now curators Hülya Bilgi and İdil Zambak Vermeersch have updated the cataloguing of a vastly enlarged collection. A fabulous book comes with the show.

Both show and book are unmissable, not just for cermaic buffs, but for anyone with a love colour and design. Hats off to the Sadberk Hanım Museum for once more lifting the spirits.

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