Bottle with four handles

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1325-50
  • Geography

    Probably Cairo, Egypt
  • Material

    Glass with enamel and gold
  • Dimension

    H x W (overall): 36.4 x 23.3 cm (14 5/16 x 9 3/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Material: moderately heavy, clear blown glass of greenish-yellow tint, with small bubbles. Decoration in polychrome enamels and gold.
  • Provenance

    From at least 1910-at least 1929
    Friedrich Sarre, 1865-1945, purchased from G. R. Harding in London [1]
    ?-to at least 1934
    Jacob Hirsch, Ph.D., New York, method of acquisition unknown [2]
    From 1934
    The Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dr. Jacob Hirsch [3]
    [1] See Friedrich Paul Theodor Sarre, “Die Ausstellung von Meisterwerken Muhammedanischer Kunst in München, 1910” [book] (München: F. Bruckmann ag., 1912), vol. 2, cat. 2107, pl. 172. Sarre included the bottle in the 1910 exhibition, and noted that it was acquired from G. R. Harding [George R.] in London. See also Carl Johan Lamm, “Mittelalterliche Gläser und Steinschnittarbeiten aus dem Nahen Osten” [book] (Berlin: Dietrich Reimer/Ernst Vohsen, 1929), cat. 9, p. 412, pl. 181.9. Friedrich Sarre was an art historian and collector of Islamic Art, and Director of the Islamic Collections at the Kaiser Friedrich Museum in Berlin (now the Bode Museum) from 1925-1931.
    [2] Dr. Jacob Hirsch (1874-1955) was a collector of coins, medals, and classical art, as well as a dealer of archaeological objects. He had an eponymous gallery in New York, as well as businesses in Switzerland and Paris.
    [3] See copy of Dr. Jacob Hirsch invoice to Freer Gallery of Art, May 19, 1934, and marked approved on January 12, 1934, in object file.
    Research Completed January 10, 2023
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Arts of the Islamic World (May 3, 1998 to January 3, 2016)
    Ancient Glass (May 26, 1982 to June 25, 1982)
    Art of the Mamluks (May 14, 1981 to May 25, 1982)
    Art of the Arab World (August 15, 1980 to May 13, 1981)
    Art of the Arab World (May 8, 1975 to August 20, 1977)
    Near Eastern Art (June 15, 1973 to May 7, 1975)
    Glass Exhibition, in honor of VI International Congress on Glass (July 4, 1962 to December 3, 1962)
    Centennial Exhibition, Galleries 6 and 7 (February 25, 1956 to April 10, 1962)
    Untitled Exhibition, Islamic Manuscripts, Pottery, Metalwork, and Glass (April 12, 1955 to November 21, 1955)
    Untitled Exhibition, Islamic Arts, 1947 (October 6, 1947 to February 25, 1956)
    Untitled Exhibition, Islamic Ceramics and Glass (January 9, 1945 to May 1, 1945)
    Untitled Exhibition, Islamic Paintings (May 1, 1945 to September 25, 1947)
    Untitled Exhibition, Persian Paintings and Ceramics (May 5, 1933 to January 9, 1945)
    Ausstellung von Meisterwerken Mohammedanischer Kunst in München (May to October 1910)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    G. R. Harding
    Friedrich Paul Theodor Sarre (1865-1945)
    Dr. Jacob Hirsch (1874?-1955)
  • Origin

    Probably Cairo, Egypt
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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