Ceramic Collections From Around the World


Suna and Inan Kırac Foundation Kutahya Tiles and Ceramics collection consists of more than 800 pieces. Spanning from the 18th to the 20th century, the collection is rich and prominent. How about other ceramic collections in the world? Let’s have a look at the global scene of ceramic collections!


Ewer, 18th century, Kütahya, Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics Collection

Victoria & Albert Museum


The V&A’s Ceramics collection in London is among the leading ceramic collections in the world. Encyclopedic and global in scope, they encompass the history of fine ceramic production from about 2500 BC to the present day. At Pera Museum, we have exhibited a portion of this collection in 2009 in our exhibition “Masterpieces of World Ceramics from the Victoria and Albert Museum”!

The Benaki Museum


Ceramic bowl with minai decoration, 12th – early 13th, Iran

The Benaki Museum collection of Islamic art, which includes examples of all its local variations from as far as India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, the Middle East, Arabia, Egypt, North Africa, Sicily and Spain, ranks among the most important in the world.

Pergamon Museum

Pergamon Museum

Fragment with Bahram Gûr and Azadeh, Pergamon Museum

Pergamon Museum in Berlin houses a great collection including the Ishtar Gate as well as the Market Gate of Miletus. The collection also includes an important selection of ceramics. The earliest examples of glazed ceramic from the Byzantine Empire with ornamentation date back to the 8th century.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Iznik dish, 1575-90 © The Met, New York

The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the World. Its collection spans 5,000 years. It has a strong ceramic collection consisting of pieces from the Middle East as well as China. The collection features an Iznik dish as well!

The State Hermitage Museum


Sauceboat, Russia, 1752, The State Hermitage Museum

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg has a profound collection with over 3 million objects and artworks. Ceramics from Asia, Europe, Russia and Japan are an important part of this collection.

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