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Letter from James Stewart re a bust up with Bittel and the business of ancient pottery fakes in the Istanbul bazaar, 1936-05-11

Reference Code: GBR/3437/AJBW/2/1/24/19

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Dated 11 May 1936. Probably written in Istanbul. Stewart and Bittel are at odds over the latter's decision to challenge excavation permit fees and the Commissioner in charge of administering them. Stewart is determined to press on with the dig in Balikesir, even if Bittel decides not to join him. He discusses the most popular type of forgery currently on sale in the bazaar - 'Black sea "Ionian" pottery, especially the Ashmolean Rhytons'. Although the forger is now dead, his son continues a very successful business in fakes, with outlets in Athens.


  • Creation: 1936-05-11



2 leaf/leaves : paper

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Physical Description

2 leaves of paper, handwritten in ink.

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