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Bottle

Label Text

Excavated in Syria and sold to Freer from the Paris gallery of Siegfried Bing in 1905, this flattened, short-necked bottle was described by the collector as "rare and very beautiful." The varied tones of discoloration on the surface and the abraded decoration, modeled in relief, were appealing to Freer, who discerned chromatic harmonies among his already-substantial collection of East Asian ceramics, his tonalist American paintings, and ravaged, but chromatically complex, vessels like this from the Near East. In Detroit, this bottle was prominently featured with a grouping of other Near Eastern wares, massed around Whistler's La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine.

Object Name

Bottle

Dated

1st-2nd century

Medium

Glazed clay

Dimensions

HxW: 30.9 x 24.5 cm

Country

Syria

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

48

Wall

North

Title

Bottle

Object Number

F1905.247a-b

Freer Source

Siegfried Bing

Freer Source City

Paris

Freer Source Country

France

Image

http://141.217.97.109/plugins/Dropbox/files/peacock-jpg/JPEG/F1905.247a-b.jpg

Collection

Tags

Citation

"Bottle," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1905.247a-b, Item #3133, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3133 (accessed November 19, 2017).