James Marshall Plumer Papers
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Summary
Collection ID:
FSA.A.14
Creators:
Plumer, James Marshall
Dates:
circa 1930's-1960
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
250 Photographs
black and white
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Papers of the collection include: printed material, correspondence, drawings, and maps.
Scope and Contents
Photographs (which include silver gelatin photonegatives and photoprints) document Chinese ceramics and kiln sites in Fukien (Fujian) and Chekiang (Zhejiang) provinces, dating from ninth and tenth centuries, which were discovered by Plumer. Many of the images depict ceramics both at their original archaeological sites and in the laboratory. Most of the items are "wasters", imperfect ceramic objects that were broken at the kiln site at the time of manufacture. They include bowls, candlesticks, jars, tea cups, and vases. Other photographs show archaeological field workers including Plumer and local staff, field work activities, kilns, and the landscape surrounding the kilns.
Scope and Contents
Photographers and studios represented include the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University, Charles B. Hoyt, Herbert Ingram, C.T. Loo, the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and James Marshall Plumer. Some photographs from this collection have been previously published or used in exhibitions.

Arrangement
Arrangement
1 linear foot (papers only)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
James Marshall Plumer (1899-1960) , scholar of Asian art. After receiving his B.A. from Harvard, Plumer served as an administrative officer with the Chinese Government Service in Maritime Customs. From 1935 until his death, he taught art history at the University of Michigan while continuing to visit and work in China and Japan. In 1935 and 1937, Plumer discovered ancient kiln sites in the Chinese provinces of Fukien (Fujian) and Chekiang (Zhejiang). He wrote extensively on Chinese ceramics and edited the 'Far Eastern Ceramic Bulletin' from 1950 to 1958.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
FSA A.14

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Donated by Plumer's wife, Caroline I. Plumer, 1961.

Keywords
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Ceramics -- China Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ceramics -- Japan Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kilns -- China -- Fujian Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013
AVRreference@si.edu
https://www.freersackler.si.edu/research/archives/