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  • Ottoman Empire Iznik bottles estimated at $226,500
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    Paul Fraser
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Ottoman Empire Iznik bottles estimated at $226,500

Bonhams has announced its sale of a pair of Iznik bottles from the golden age of the Ottoman Empire, which will take place on April 23 in London.

Iznik Ottoman bottles
The bottles date to 1575, and have mistakenly been described as Persian and Rhodian ceramics in the past


The two bottles, from 1575, are expected to make £150,000 ($226,461) in a single lot. They were first purchased by deputy governor of the Bank of England Leonard Daneham in 1919 for £501 10s - a huge sum of money at the time.

The town of Iznik in Turkey was a renowned centre for simple pottery before the Ottoman court was established in Istanbul. However, the Ottomans greatly valued Chinese blue and white porcelain, prompting the Iznik potters to reflect this in their designs.  

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    Paul Fraser
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