BENAKI MUSEUM of ISLAMIC ART (Iznik & Kutahya Collections) – ATHENS GREECEThe Benaki Museum of Islamic Art, is one of the most important in the world. It includes examples from as far as India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, Middle East and Egypt. With more than 8.000 works of art (including ceramics, gold, glass, metalwork and textiles among others) the Benaki Museum of Islamic Arts presents the evolution of Islamic civilization from the early appearance of Islam to the Ottoman Period (it includes an important collection of IZNIK & Kutahya objects and is a MUST visit museum). The Museum was named from Antonis Benakis, a passionate man that started collecting in Egypt at the beginning of the 20th century. It is located in the historic centre of Athens, near the ancient Kerameikos cemetery, in Greece. For more information you can visit the www.benaki.gr.
VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM (Most Comprehensive Ceramic Collections) – LONDON UKThe Victoria and Albert museum (often abbreviated as the V&A) was founded in 1852, named after the Prince Albert and Queen Victoria and is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, with a permanent collection of more than 4.5mln objects.
The collections of the V&A museum (fields of post-Medieval, Middle Eastern and East Asian ceramics) are the most extensive and comprehensive in the word. The refurbishment project of the museum has created the most important center for the enjoyment, study and understanding of the ceramics and a collection that cannot be found anywhere in the world.
The V&A museum is set in the S. Kensington district, London UK. For more information you can visit the www.vam.ac.uk.
BRITISH MUSEUM (John Addis Gallery of Islamic Art – The Godman Iznik Collection) – LONDON UKThe British Museum was founded in 1753 (opened to the public at 1759), in order to preserve the collection of Sir Hans Sloane that was bequeathed to King George II and was basically consisted of books, manuscripts, natural specimens, with some antiquities (coins, prints, drawing) and ethnographic material. During the 19th century the museum expanded with high profile acquisitions and involved in much excavation abroad. Expansion and acquisitions continued during the 20th century and in 2003 the museum celebrated its 250th anniversary.
The Room 34 – The John Addis Gallery (7th century AD to present) explores Islamic world through objects as glass mosque lamps, ceramics, metalwork among others, in order to give a view of the history of Islamic lands. We need to note that in 1982 the entire collection of Frederick D. Godman (one of the most important collectors of Iznik ceramics) was donated to the British museum. The museum is located in Bloomsbury Square in the centre of London and is a MUST visit for ceramics lovers.
For more information you can visit the www.britishmuseum.org.
SUNA & INAN KIRAC MUSEUM (Canakkale Collection) – ANTALYA TURKEYSuna & Inan Kıraç Kaleiçi Museum is located in two historic buildings in Kaleiçi of old Antalya. One of the two buildings of the museum is the former Greek Orthodox Church of St. George (Άγιος Γεώργιος in Greek) that is the exhibition hall of the museum. The Canakkale collection of the Suna & Inan KIRAC museum is one of the most important due to both the number of items (catalogue comprises 232 Canakkale wares) but also the rich variety of forms (plates, jugs, jars, bowls, vases, gas lamps, mugs, animal figurines, ewers (ibrik) among others). A MUST visit museum for lovers of Canakkale ceramics and Canakkale pottery.
For more information you can visit the www.kaleicimuzesi.com
For the inventory of the Canakkale ceramics collection you can visit the Suna & Inan Inventory of the Canakkale Collection