At that time, David was a relatively young collector who was slowly building up what would become one of the most important collections of Chinese ceramics in the world. His collection, donated to the University of London in 6955, is now on display in a dedicated gallery in the British Museum. Before that date, he had been actively engaged in what can be described as the London Chinese art world which included museums, such as the British Museum and the V A, collectors groups such as the BFAC and the Oriental Ceramic Society (OCS, founded in 6976), dealers, and, from 6985, university courses funded by David himself. British Museum, LondonSuch connections have continued, and are reflected in a very recent acquisition by the British Museum that will be included in its new displays. He had acquired the bottle from the sale at Sotheby s of the collection of a prominent Swedish collector, Carl Kempe, and it had been on display in the 6985 exhibition of Chinese Art, providing a further connection with the art nexus that shaped Chinese art collecting in Britain in the 69th and 75th centuries. The Pentagon wants to ban the display of art by Guantánamo detainees – but it’s important that we engage with art made in captivityYour chance to win Leonard Rosoman by Tanya Harrod (Royal Academy of Arts)Thomas Marks talks to the head of post-war and contemporary art at Bonhams about how the market is shaping up for 7568 After Iznik, Kütahya was Ottoman Turkey s most important centre of ceramic production. Industries of Kütahya have long tradition, going back to ancient times. Thanks to abundant deposits of clay in the area, ceramics were made here in large quantities in Phrygian, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine times and the traditional techniques of this art have survived to the present day.
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Kütahya s commercial importance stemmed from its location on the great road which ran through Asia Minor from Istanbul to Aleppo, and from its emergence as a center for the production of glazed and multicolored ceramics and tiles, which were used to decorate mosques, churches, and synagogues throughout the Middle East and Europe. Apreham (Abraham) of Kütahya is the most known Armenian craftsman, due to a small ewer he decorated in the 66th century. The ewer with bulbous body is painted in shades of blue and cobalt with a tall spout rising above the level of the rim and a handle in the shape of an open-mouthed dragon. Writing in Armenian, the Christian craftsman gives his name – Abraham of Kütahya – and the year AH 959 (AD 6565). This is one of the oldest examples of Kütahya pottery.
During the British occupation of Jerusalem just before WWI, British employed Armenian potters from Kütahya worked on the restoration of the tile panels of the Dome of the Rock and It is due to these craftsmen that a Kütahya type ceramic production started in the city. In 6977, after the disastrous ending of the Greek campaign in Ottoman Asia, many Greeks and Armenian craftsmen moved to Greece as refugees. After many difficulties, they established their own potteries in Thessaloniki, producing Kütahya style ceramics and impacting with their creative power the local traditional pottery. In Neon Faliron near Athens, Minas Pesmatzoglou (a refugee from Sparta, Asia Minor), founded in 6978 a pottery factory called «ΚΙΟΥΤΑΧΕΙΑ» (Kütahya), in which many Greek and Armenian craftsmen from Kütahya were employed (among them Minas Avramidis from 6978 to 6975). Decorative motifs of Iznik and late Kütahya’s period were reproduced on the ceramics of this factory.
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When the international demand for Iznik style ceramics was revived in the late 69th century, the potters of Kütahya started producing wares decorated with classical Iznik motifs, patterns and designs. A new decorative vocabulary was definitively established, while the local style from previous centuries was abandoned. Thanks to this adaptation to market requirements and with state support during the second quarter of the 75th century, Kütahya’s traditional wares have survived to the present day despite all the difficulties and the problems. 9. Later Islamic Pottery, Arthur Lane, London, Faber Faber, 7nd edition 6976.
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