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Jar

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Described by Freer as "an interesting specimen," this jar was one of a number of Near Eastern ceramics shipped to him on approval by the Parisian art dealer Dikran Kelekian. In 1903, when he purchased this vessel, Freer had only recently turned his attention to ancient and medieval glazed wares from the Near East. As the availability of Japanese art in Western markets began to decline, Kelekian and other dealers looked to the arts of the Islamic world, where recent unofficial excavations had made ceramics and textiles available. This vessel, which dates to the seventeenth or eighteenth century, was already ravaged by time, with a broken foot, a hole in one side, and yellow and brown discolorations all over the brilliant cream-colored glaze. Freer, however, regarded these imperfections as aesthetically distinctive, and because of this, Raqqa ware was especially appealing to Freer. He discerned chromatic harmonies among his already-substantial collection of East Asian ceramics, his tonalist American paintings, and the iridescent glazed vessels from the Near East. He eventually amassed a substantial collection of Near Eastern ceramics. In Detroit, they were prominently featured throughout the Peacock Room, most notably massed around Whistler's La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine and in the eye-level shelves along the west wall.

Object Name

Jar

Dated

17th-18th century

Medium

Stone-paste painted under glaze

Dimensions

HxW: 34.0 x 23.5 cm

Country

Syria

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

22

Wall

North

Title

Jar

Object Number

F1903.188

Freer Source

Dikran G. Kelekian

Freer Source City

Paris

Freer Source Country

France

Image

http://141.217.97.109/plugins/Dropbox/files/peacock-jpg/JPEG/F1903.188.jpg

Collection

Tags

Citation

"Jar," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1903.188, Item #3100, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3100 (accessed November 18, 2017).