Lawyer Oktay Ersan’s wife Saygı Ersan talked to Issue about her extensive collection of bells and Coca-Cola objects. Collecting bells since 1979, Ersan stated that the starting point was the “New Year’s Eve spirit” which she loves. As for Coca-Cola objects, Ersan revealed that the reason she started her collection was her ‘passion for red’.
Saygı Ersan is a graduate of the Department of Archaeology at Ankara University’s Faculty of Language, History and Geography and has always been interested in decorations and collecting unique objects despite not going into a professional career. We talked to Ersan about her extensive bell and Coca-Cola collection at her elegant home that is decorated in a classic style and filled with antique pieces.
‘BELLS EVOKE CHRISTMAS’
Saygı Ersan’s first piece in her bell collection that she started in 1979 was purchased from the store Alp Billuriye. “I have loved New Year’s Eve ever since I was a child. The first thing that comes to mind when you say New Year’s Eve is bells,” she explained as the reason why she chose to collect bells.
500 SPECIAL BELLS
Saygı Ersan has around 500 bells which she bought herself or has recieved as gifts from cities such as Prague and Vienna and countries like Spain, Russia, Canada, Italy and the United States. She stores her collection in two special Howard Miller cabinets which came from the United States.
‘THE CHRISTOFLE MUSICAL BELL IS SPECIAL TO ME”
Made out of various materials such as silver, opaline, ceramic, crystal and Murano glass, the small- and large-sized bells each have notes inside about when and where Saygı Ersan purchased them. Her collection also includes antique 18th and 19th century pieces she purchased in auctions. Mrs. Saygı states that she loves all of them and cannot pick just one, but that “the musical Christofle bell has a special place for me.”
LOVE OF RED
In a special corner of her kitchen Saygı Ersan has gifts, posters, specially-produced bottles and many other objects released by Coca-Cola. She says that the only reason she started this collection is her passion for the color red. Ersan started her collection with Coca-Cola cans that were exported to Turkey, and now has an extensive collection of the brand.
Ersan explained that her collection includes vintage metal-embossed advertisement posters, retro posters, pillows and clocks and that they were formed over the years. She keeps other pieces of her collection in a cupboard in her kitchen. This includes different sizes of cans and bottles as well as other gifts that the brand gave out over the years. Saygı Ersan emphasizes that her Coca Cola collection includes objects from other countries just like her bell collection.