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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    17th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Stone-paste painted under glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 32.1 × 18 cm (12 5/8 × 7 1/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Bottle, globular, on a high foot.
    Clay: soft, white, heavy.
    Glaze: brilliant turquoise green with blue inside the neck; a very slight iridescence. Crackled and pitted.
    (Atil, 1973)
    Monochrome Safavid ceramics were not only limited to celadons, but also included turquoise, blue, green and brown glazed wares. This bottle with a globular body, tall and tapering neck and widening mouth is adorned with a simple molded ring encircling the upper portion of the neck. The turquiose-blue glaze is crackled and is also applied to the inner surface of the mouth.
    The shape of the bottle, or bottle-shaped vase, goes back to earlier metal prototypes and can be found in the eleventh or twelfth century (an identical shape occurs in a silver vessel from the Seljuk period in the Freer Gallery, no. 50.5). Similar bottles are frequently employed in miniature paintings depicting princely entertainment scenes from the fourteenth century onward. They are represented either as silver and gold vessels or as blue-and-white ceramics. The most popular period for these bottles, both in paintings and in ceramics, was the seventeenth century (Pope, Survey, pls.795-797 and 806B-809).
    Some of the ceramic examples are monochrome glazed; others are painted in luster, blue or polychrome colors while several show relief or pierced decorations. The body shapes vary slightly but the long tapered neck is always distinctly present (see No.93 for its representations on a plate).
  • Provenance

    To 1906
    Julius Spier, London, to 1906 [1]
    From 1906 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Julius Spier in 1906 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 10, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    The Peacock Room Comes to America [2022] (September 3, 2022 - ongoing)
    The Peacock Room Comes to America [2017-2019] (October 14, 2017 to January 2, 2019)
    The Peacock Room Comes to America [2011-2016] (April 9, 2011 to January 4, 2016)
    Visual Poetry: Paintings and Drawings from Iran (December 16, 2001 to May 5, 2004)
    Riza-i Abbasi Album (May 10, 1985 to September 3, 1985)
    Ceramics from the World of Islam (January 16, 1974 to July 1, 1974)
    The Peacock Room (May 2, 1923 to February 21, 2011)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Julius Spier (1848-1923) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

  • On View

    Freer Gallery 12: The Peacock Room Comes to America
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