Freer Makes First Purchase of Rakka Ware

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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.


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


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • 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.

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