Home > Antiques/Antiquities, Appraisal/Auctions, Asian Art, International > A TURKISH IZNIK BOTTLE FLASK


to be auctioned off by Bonham’s in London in their sale of Indian & Islamic Art on October 4th. The flask comes from the collection of the “Lion of Cairo” , great grandfather of the current owner, whose firm constructed the Heliopolis Palace Hotel in Cairo which later became the presidential palace for the Mubarak administration.  Iznik pottery, probably better known and more collected in Europe reached its height during the 15th to the 17th centuries when Iznik was the major center for  ceramic production for the Ottoman Empire. The flask is  painted with red carnations and blue tulips and has an estimate of  Pounds 60,000 to 80,000. (While tulips may have originated in Central Asia, they were first cultivated in  present-day Turkey around 1000 A.D.; and carnations are native to the Near East).

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