Historical period(s)
ca. 1918
Glazed earthenware
Pewabic ware
H x W: 62.4 x 31.2 cm (24 9/16 x 12 5/16 in)
United States, Michigan, Detroit
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


earthenware, glazed, iridescence, Pewabic ware, United States

To 1918
Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, to 1918 [1]

From 1918 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Pewabic Pottery in 1918 [2]

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


[1] See American Pottery List, L. 2605, 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.

Previous Owner(s)

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


The Pewabic Pottery was a ceramics workshop in Detroit established at the turn of the century. The primary aesthetic interest of its founder, Mary Chase Perry Stratton, was the art of glazing, or "painting with fire." Stratton's friend and patron Charles Lang Freer fostered her efforts by providing fragments of ancient Asian pots to emulate. Her mature works are clearly inspired by the surfaces and shapes of ceramics in Freer's collection, particularly the Islamic pottery known as Raqqa ware, with its distinctive iridescence. The surfaces also resonate with paintings in Freer's collection by James McNeill Whistler, Thomas Dewing, and Dwight Tryon.

Published References
  • Adelaide Handy. Notable Ceramics Career Laid to 'Puttering with Pottery'. New York, Sunday, April 7, 1940. .
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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