Freer Makes First Purchase of Rakka Ware

Close
Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact photos@si.edu.
Print

Narrow Your Results

Reset

Filter Your Results

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.
 

Summary

Charles Lang Freer buys his first piece of Rakka ware, a one-handled pot from Syria, from Dikran Kelekian (1868-1951), art dealer of Turkish origin. He develops a fascination with the blue glaze and continues to purchase Rakka ware from Kelekian and other dealers.

Subject

  • Kelekian, Dikran G. 1868-1951
  • Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919
  • Freer Gallery of Art

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • In 1906 Charles Lang Freer donates his art collection to the Smithsonian Institution, and it later becomes the Freer Gallery of Art.
  • Lawton, Thomas and Linda Merrill. Freer: A Legacy of Art. Washington, D.C.: Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution in association with Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1993, p. 112.

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

1902

Topic

  • Art
  • Raqqa ware
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Islamic pottery
  • Pottery
  • Art objects
  • Art, Asian
  • Art, Islamic
  • Art dealers

Place

Syria

Full Record

View Full Record