From at least 1910-at least 1929
Friedrich Sarre, 1865-1945, purchased from G. R. Harding in London 
?-to at least 1934
Jacob Hirsch, Ph.D., New York, method of acquisition unknown 
The Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dr. Jacob Hirsch 
 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.
 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.
 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
- Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)
Friedrich Paul Theodor Sarre 1865-1945
Dr. Jacob Hirsch 1874?-1955
Material: moderately heavy, clear blown glass of greenish-yellow tint, with small bubbles. Decoration in polychrome enamels and gold.
This rare four-handled vase bears the characteristic five-petal rosettes associated with the Rasulid dynasty of Yemen (reigned 12291454). Controlling the trade routes to Africa and East Asia, the Rasulids were a formidable sea power and commissioned numerous glass and metal vessels from the Mamluks, based in Egypt and Syria. The vase was reportedly found in China, where it may have arrived as a gift or through a Chinese emissary returning from the Rasulid court.
- Published References
- Friedrich Paul Theodor Sarre, Fredrik Robert Martin. Die Ausstellung von Meisterwerken Muhammedanischer Kunst in Muchen, 1910. 3 vols., Munich. vol. 2, pl. 172.
- Ernst Kuhnel. Islamische Kleinkunst: ein Handbuch fur Sammler and Liebhaber. Bibliothek fur Kunst, 2nd ed. Braunschweig, Germany. opp. p. 224, pl. 15.
- Richard Ettinghausen. Ancient Glass in the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, 1962. p. 32.
- Ideals of Beauty: Asian and American Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Thames and Hudson World of Art London and Washington, 2010. pp. 122-123.
- Dr. Esin Atil. Art of the Arab World. Exh. cat. Washington, 1975. cat. 75, p. 139.
- Carl J. Lamm. Mittelalterliche Gläser und Steinschnittarbeiten aus dem Nahen Osten. Forschungen zur Islamischen Kunst 2 vols., Berlin. cat. 9, p. 412, pl. 181.9.
- Collection Area(s)
- Arts of the Islamic World
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