Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91) Three portraits of Fureya Koral (3)
Lot 303
Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91) Four portraits of the ceramicist Fureya Koral (4)
Sold for £8,750 (US$ 13,692) inc. premium

Lot Details
Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91) Four portraits of the ceramicist Fureya Koral (4) Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91) Three portraits of Fureya Koral (3) Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91) Three portraits of Fureya Koral (3)
Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91)
Four portraits of the ceramicist Fureya Koral
comprising three ink, and one gouache and ink on paper, one ink drawing signed lower right: "Fahrelnissa Zeid Buyukada Hazaran (August) 1945", another with inscription verso; another ink and pastel on paper, signed lower left: "FAHRELNISSA, Londres, 15 Nov. 1957"
the largest 47.5 x 36.5 cm.(4)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: UK private collection; acquired directly from the artist in the mid 1970s.

    Fureya Koral (1910-97) was the niece of Fahrelnissa Zeid. Born to Hakiye and Emin Koral, she studied philosophy at Istanbul University, and wrote music criticism for Vatan Daily. Two failed marriages resulted in her breakdown in 1945 and she attended a sanatorium in Switzerland, where her aunt Fahrelnissa Zeid would send her art materials from London, introducing her to the world of art and ceramics. She would advise her: "In order to achieve a masterpiece, first you have to feel yourself within the picture, you must settle yourself in it with all your existence"; or "Choose your colours that describe a world in which you wish your beloved ones could live in", a piece of advice which may be considered an important clue that describes Fahrelnissa's own art.

    In 1947 Fureya started her tile-making studies in Lausanne and later continued her work at a private studio in Paris, holding the first of her many exhibitions in 1951 in the Maya Art Gallery, an exhibition which marked the beginning of Turkish contemporary ceramic art. She worked in a variety of media, producing tiles, statuettes and panels, blending elements of Islamic art with abstract and other influences from the West.

    For a similar ink drawing of Fureya Koral by Fahrelnissa, also dated August 1945 and now in the Oya-Bulent Eczacibasi Collection, Istanbul, see Ileri, Cem (ed.); Fahrelnissa & Nejad. Two Generations of the Rainbow, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, 2006, p. 138-39; and for further portraits of Fureya by Fahrelnissa, see ibid., pp. 138-42.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Oliver White
    Auction Administration - Islamic and Indian Art
    Bonhams
    Work
    101 New Bond Street
    London, United Kingdom W1S 1SR
    Work +44 20 7468 8303
    FaxFax: +44 20 7468 8283
Similar Items