THE POTTERY OF TSANAK KALE 1670-1922 (2000)
Katerina Korre-Zografou

Price: € 60.00

Publisher: Foundation of the Hellenic World
401 Pages
ISBN: 690-7957-08-3
Code: 00.10.91.0582
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The book by Mrs. Katerina Korre-Zografou "The Pottery of Tsanak Kale 1670-1922" is a study of the pottery of the Dardanelles. The writer, using archaeological data, as well as the archives and the material itself, records the course of ceramic art of the area. Its starting point dates from the second half of the 17th century and it reached its prime in the 18th century, the time when the city was renamed Tsanak Kale -in Greek "Aggiokastro"- which indicates the intense activity, while its decline starts in the beginning of the 20th century and pottery production came to an end with the Asia Minor Catastrophe. The writer also "follows" the course of the Tsanak Kale potters in Greece, the new homeland.

In the first part of the book Mrs. Korre-Zografou examines the two periods of the pottery of Tsanak Kale, the early (1670-1800) and the late (1800-1922), presenting characteristic examples from both of them. Furthermore, it examines that conditions ?historical and not- through which pottery flourished and declined and follows its expansion beyond the borders of the Ottoman Empire, for example in Rumania or Marseilles, with which Greeks had commercial contact in the 19th century. The decline of the Tsanak Kale pottery started in the beginning of the 20th century, with the strong earthquake on 27 July 1912, which destroyed the city, continued with the operations of the Entente forces in 1916, and was concluded with the Asia Minor Catastrophe.

In the second part of the book Mrs. Korre-Zografou follows the transference of the Tsanak Kale pottery to the area of Greece. The potters from Asia Minor settled in different areas of Greece with pre-existent tradition in pottery, seeking for those conditions that would ensure the continuation of their art. They revived the production of local workshops with new shapes and decorative techniques, but without avoiding adaptation and repetition. A special chapter deals with one of them, Dimitris Migdalinos, a major exponent of the Tsanak Kale style of pottery in Greece.

The writer concludes the study by citing a list of pottery works that are in museums and private collections.

The Book is on sale at the Museum Shop, in the Cultural Centre of FHW, as well as at major bookstores in Greece. For further information contact the Museum Shop of the Cultural Centre, tel.: +(30) 212 254 0000 or write at sales@ime.gr.

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