Unique Portraits of Ottoman Sultans in Scotland

Unique Portraits of Ottoman Sultans in Scotland

Portraits of Ottoman sultans, including Suleiman the Magnificent, were found in a loft in Scotland. The portraits in question will be put up for sale at an auction.

Oil paintings of five Ottoman sultans were found in the attic of a house that has belonged to the same family for generations in Scotland.

In the statement made by Sotheby’s auction house, it was recorded that the paintings were made in the 17th century.

While it is explained that the paintings have not come to light for nearly 100 years, there is a portrait of Suleiman the Magnificent among the six paintings found.

In addition to portraits of Bayezid I, Mehmet I, Murat II, Bayezid II and Suleiman the Magnificent, a painting of Tamerlane, the founder of the Timurid Empire, was found in the Marquis of Lothian, where the Scottish nobles lived.

The portrait of Suleiman the Magnificent was sold for £350,000 at an auction held by Sotheby’s last year.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) bought the portrait of Fatih Sultan Mehmet, known to belong to Venetian painter Gentile Bellini, for 935 thousand liras at an auction held by Christie’s auction house in London in 2020.

There are records that the paintings were exhibited in Edinburgh’s Newbattle Abbey until the 1700s before they came here.

David Macdonald, Sotheby’s Scotland manager, said the portraits were a terrific discovery.

Since the number 43 is included in the painting of Suleiman the Magnificent, it is believed that this number was put to indicate the age at which the ruler annexed Iraq.

The auction house is pricing the collection between £50 and £70,000.

Source: https://onedio.com/

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