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Dish on a low foot

Label Text

Of all the pieces Freer chose to display on the shelves of his Peacock, or Blue, Room, this large shallow "dish on a low foot" most closely references the original blue and white china which appeared in the room's original incarnation in London. This ornately patterned Safavid dish was not typical of the Asian ceramics Freer was attracted to, or indeed collected. In his object notes, he wrote about the piece, "For comparative study only." He purchased it from the Paris dealer, D.G. Demotte, of whom not much is known. What is clear, however, is that Freer selected this Iranian bowl of the Safavid period for inclusion among his other items of Near Eastern and Asian ceramics-perhaps to highlight, through contrast, the formal and chromatic qualities of the less decorated, more subtly colored surfaces of the rest of his collection.

Object Name

Dish

Dated

late 17th-early 18th century

Period

Safavid period

Medium

Stone-paste painted under glaze

Dimensions

HxW: 6.7 x 34.0 cm

Country

Iran

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

71

Wall

East

Title

Dish on a low foot

Object Number

F1904.151

Image

http://141.217.97.109/plugins/Dropbox/files/peacock-jpg/JPEG/F1904.151.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Dish on a low foot," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1904.151, Item #3168, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3168 (accessed November 19, 2017).