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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    ca. 1914
  • Geography

    Detroit, Michigan, United States
  • Material

    Glazed clay
  • Dimension

    H x Diam (overall): 32.1 x 22 cm (12 5/8 x 8 11/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Jar, tall, ovoid
    Clay: fairly soft
    Glaze: orange-red with overflow of greenish-cream; high purplish iridescence.
  • Provenance

    To 1914
    Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI [1]
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Pewabic Pottery [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] Freer purchased the object on June 1, 1914 from Pewabic Pottery. See invoice from Pewabic Pottery, June 1, 1914, where the object is described as "1 pink jar," copy in object file.
    [2] See note 1. In the inventory Freer and his associates prepared for the Smithsonian Institution, the object is described as "One Tall, Ovoid Jar, with short neck and small mouth... Lustrous pink glaze, with rich cream-colored overflow around neck and shoulder." See copy in object file.
    [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.
    Research completed October 31, 2022.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Connecting Stories at the National Museum of Asian Art (April 29, 2023 - ongoing)
    Surface Beauty: American Art and Freer's Aesthetic Vision (February 23, 2008 to August 1, 2010)
    Winter into Spring: American Landscapes (March 4, 1982 to June 1, 1982)
    Pewabic Pottery (November 20, 1979 to March 5, 1981)
    American Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels (December 11, 1976 to March 24, 1977)
    American Paintings (April 15, 1975 to December 5, 1975)
    Drawings by James McNeill Whistler (August 1, 1974 to April 14, 1975)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Pewabic Pottery (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Detroit, Michigan, United States
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

  • On View

    Sackler Gallery 26: Connecting Stories at the National Museum of Asian Art
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