Pewabic Bowl

Artist: John Graziosi Ella Peters Mary Chase Perry Stratton (1867-1961)
Historical period(s)
early 20th century
Clay with iridescent glaze
Pewabic ware
H x Diam: 13.5 x 14.7 cm (5 5/16 x 5 13/16 in)
United States, Michigan, Detroit
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


iridescence, Pewabic ware, United States

To 1917
Mary Chase Perry Stratton (1867-1961), Detroit, to 1917 [1]

From 1917 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), given by Mary Chase Perry Stratton in 1917 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See American Pottery List, R. 6528, L. 2587, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. According to Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record: "Gift of Mary Chase Perry Stratton in 1946 to replace bowl which was broken. Original bowl [which was a purchase] bearing this number was catalogued as follows: Bowl: tall. Clay: dense, covered with glaze. Glaze: lustrous black mottled with iridescent red-violet. .152 x .143" According to Curatorial Remark 2, S. Hobbs, 1978, in the object record: "This flared bowl with slightly everted foot is a replacement for a very similar piece which was broken and returned to Pewabic Pottery to be fixed. The latter bowl was lost, so the Pottery made a replacement piece. The original was found, repaired and is now in the possession of Mrs. Ella Peters, who was Mrs. Stratton's secretary and her successor at the Pottery until it closed in 1965. ...The original bowl, which Mrs. Peters has, retains the Freer reserve number in red."

[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.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Mary Chase Perry Stratton (C.L. Freer source) 1867-1961

Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
SI Usage Statement

Usage Conditions Apply

There are restrictions for re-using this image. For more information, visit the Smithsonian's Terms of Use page.

The information presented on this website may be revised and updated at any time as ongoing research progresses or as otherwise warranted. Pending any such revisions and updates, information on this site may be incomplete or inaccurate or may contain typographical errors. Neither the Smithsonian nor its regents, officers, employees, or agents make any representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the information on the site. Use this site and the information provided on it subject to your own judgment. The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery welcome information that would augment or clarify the ownership history of objects in their collections.