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Vase (vase hollandois nouveau ovale) (one of a pair) (part of a set)

Factory:
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Decorator:
Floral decoration probably by Jean-Baptiste Noualhier (French, active 1753–55, 1757–66)
Date:
1763
Culture:
French, Sèvres
Medium:
Soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
11 1/2 × 9 in. (29.2 × 22.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1950
Accession Number:
50.211.156a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 529
This model of vase is made in two parts. The flared upper section would have contained earth for growing plants; the lower section held water. Small holes in the base of the upper section allowed the water to be absorbed. These two vases formed a garniture with the slightly earlier vase, "vase Boileau" (50.211.158a, b), and were owned by Prince Henry of Prussia.
Marking: Painted in blue enamel on underside; [1] Crossed Ls enclosing k in blue (factory mark and year letter); [2] leaf spray (unidentified decorator's mark); Incised on underside: [3] DC
Henry, Prince of Prussia ; William II, Emperor of Germany ; R. Thornton Wilson (until 1950; to MMA)
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