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Vase (vase Boileau) (part of a set)

Factory:
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Date:
1758
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
Not on view
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 (Sèvres factory mark and date letter for 1758)

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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