One Proud Peacock. The super-magnifying glass dome of this Peacock Paperweight (also evocative of the extensive holdings of glass paperweights in our National Museum of American History’s Domestic Furnishings collection) shows this gorgeous bird’s colorful plumage to optical advantage. Glass, paper with felted underside. Gift boxed. 2"dia.
In 1904 Charles Lang Freer acquired a London shipping magnate’s dining room (magnificently painted in brilliant blue-greens by American artist James McNeill Whistler) and moved it to his Detroit mansion. Upon completion of its reinstallation, Freer filled the shelves with more than 250 pots he had collected throughout Asia. Donated to the Smithsonian, and now restored to its 1908 appearance (including the Asian ceramics), The Peacock Room Comes to America (though spring 2013) is the first exhibition held in this Freer Gallery treasure in 20 years.
Every Smithsonian purchase will arrive with a museum provenance card explaining how it is adapted from or inspired by an object or objects in our collection.
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