Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics Collection flourishes with new artifacts. The new object in our collection meets our visitors in the Coffee Break exhibition. Known as a coffee bean cooler, where the beans are put inside to be cooled after they’ve been roasted, the object is the first of its kind in our collection.
As per the assessment of our collection adviser Dr Sevinç Gök, this coffee bean cooler dates to the 20th century. The cooler is decorated with brownish red, navy blue, turquoise, purple and black ornamentation, upon white colored paste.
The coffee bean cooler has a circular shape, and a rectangular rim area, the top of which is covered with a decorated piece. At the tip of the broad circular side, is a small knob.
The interior of the coffee bean cooler is decorated with one large and one smaller tulip figure. Surrounding the two tulips are spring branches, and the covering piece features a large Chinese cloud pattern. On the sides of the ceramic cooler, smaller Chinese clouds can be seen, situated between the half vervain flowers placed top and bottom.
A similar object dated to the end of 18th, beginning of the 19th century can be seen in the Tiled Kiosk pavillion of the Istanbul Archaeology Museums. Additionally, many wooden coffee bean coolers were also in use the Ottoman and Republic periods.
In addition to this new artifact that meets our visitors in the Coffee Break exhibition, another similar example was added to our Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics Collection.
The similarly-shaped second coffee bean cooler is surprisingly different in terms of its decoration. According to the commentary by our collection adviser Dr Sevinç Gök, the interior is adorned with the Ottoman coat of arms. Upon the covering piece, the inscription “Yadigâr” in Arabic script, meaning souvenir or remembrance in Ottoman Turkish, is featured.
To the top of the inscription, stylized vervain flowers are seen again among the double dagger-shaped leaves. Similarly, on the sides of the cooler, double dagger-shaped leaves are featured between the half vervain flowers placed top and bottom. Unlike the first example, on this coffee bean cooler, the small knob at the tip is decorated with a floral pattern.
The new object in our exhibition awaits you in the Pera Museum!