The King’s Extraordinary Gift. An exhibition of dishes from the Sultan's service from Polish collections
May 28 - Sep 30 2020
Pl. Zamkowy 4
The Sultan’s service is the most famous work of the Royal Faience Manufacturer at the Belvedere, founded by Stanisław August Poniatowski, operating 1770-1780. This unique set, made in 1776, was sent by the King as a gift to Abdul Hamid I, the Turkish Sultan. A gold inscription in Turkish was painted on the dishes, which reads: The King of Lechites sends these presents and gifts to the Ottoman Padishah to show his love and sincere kindness. Stanisław August used the second set of dishes, without the inscription, in the Royal Castle in Warsaw. Of the 280 dishes created in the Belvedere, 160 went to the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. Around 80 pieces have survived to this day, 18 of which are in Poland. You will have a unique opportunity to see these dishes, on display for the 1st time ever in Poland. And they are very definitely ornately decorated! They contain everything from stylised chrysanthemums, butterflies and birds and relief lizard forms!