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Rare portraits of Ottoman sultans to be sold at London auction

Portraits from 16th century expected to go for between $1.1M - $1.64M

Ahmet Gürhan Kartal   | 23.10.2021
Rare portraits of Ottoman sultans to be sold at London auction


Christie’s will offer collectors a chance to purchase rare portraits of six Ottoman sultans at the end of October.

The portraits of Orhan Gazi, Bayezid I, Isa Chelebi, Mehmed I, Selim I and Selim II will be under the hammer at the British auction house on Oct. 28 and are expected to fetch a total of £800,000 to £1.2 million ($1.1 million - $1.64 million). 

The portraits were part of a set produced in Venice in 1579 at the instigation of Ottoman Grand Vizier Sokollu Mehmed Pasha.

Behnaz Atighi Moghaddam, an expert from Christie’s, told Anadolu Agency that the portraits were part of 14 paintings from the 16th century.

The Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds auction will also showcase a message sent to King Louise of France by Mehmet IV, Turkish carpets, Kaaba covers, Iznik tiles, manuscripts and embroidered pots.

Moghaddam said the paintings are “stylistically attributed to Veronese,” one of the most famous Venetian artists who produced works in the 16th century.

Louise Broadhurst, Director, Head of Department, Oriental Rugs and Carpets at Christie's said the auction will present three Turkish carpets from the late 16th and 17th centuries.

Broadhurst told Anadolu Agency that the carpets have a Lotto design -- a design first depicted by 16th century Italian painter Lorenzo Lotto – and show the “cross-cultural exchange of art traveling from Turkey through across to the West on the trade routes.”

She added that the carpets were very popular in the 16th century and used to decorate tables in wealthy Italian palaces.

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