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Bulb pot

Date:
18th century
Geography:
Made in China
Culture:
Chinese
Medium:
Porcelain
Dimensions:
H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1954
Accession Number:
54.202.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 711
This unusual vase combines the wide, stable base of a traditional bough pot (made for holding larger flowering branches) and the long, slender neck of a single flower holder. The bowl of the pot holds the soil and provides a warm, moist environment for the bulbs to germinate; the thin neck and five openings in the scalloped base of the pot force the emerging bulb stalks upward and outward, creating a unique and beautiful flower display. Bulb pots rarely have the neck element featured on this piece; more commonly, they have a flat top with several openings for the bulb stalks.
Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, until 1954
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