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Vase (vase Boileau) (part of a set)

Factory:
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Date:
1757–58
Culture:
French, Sèvres
Medium:
Soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Height: 19 in. (48.3 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1950
Accession Number:
50.211.158a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 529
This example is the earliest known vase of this model, and it sold for the price of 720 livres, which was roughly the annual salary of a skilled worker such as a cabinetmaker. This vase, combined with the two vases (50.211.156a, b, .157a, b), was acquired by Prince Henry of Prussia, the younger brother of Frederick the Great. He must have valued the garniture highly, for he kept it on a chest of drawers in his bedroom in his palace in Berlin.
Marking: Painted in blue enamel on underside: [1] Crossed Ls enclosing E in blue (factory mark and year letter); Incised on underside: [2] 5
Henry, Prince of Prussia ; William II, Emperor of Germany ; R. Thornton Wilson (until 1950; to MMA)
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