24 - 25 January 2007
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AN IZNIK POTTERY DISH
Decorated in coloured enamels and highlighted in gilt with a central saz leaf flanked by tulips and chrysanthemums, set within a whorl border
11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm.) diam.
Ch. A. Nomiko Collection, Alexandria, no. 43.
Christophoros A. Nomikos (1883-1951) was born into a family of Constantinopolitan origin. In 1907 he moved to Alexandria and worked in banking and the cotton business, becoming a member of the Greek literati group in Alexandria. He also became a member of the 'Amis de l'Arti' and in time became its President. He was the first Greek historian of the Arabs, writing that they shared a common historical background with the Greeks, also suffering from the same fate at the hands of the crusaders. His theories provided the ideological background for Greek Collectors of Islamic Art. In 1919 Nomikos was one of the first scholars to refute the idea that Iznik ceramics originated in Rhodes. A friend of the Greek poet Cavafy, he was the author of several books on Arab history, Iznik ceramics and Kutahya ware, published in the early 1920s. Of the Iznik wares shown at the 1925 Alexandria exhibition just over one third belonged to
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