Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1950
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 551
This small globular vase is the surviving bottom half of what was known as a double gourd vase. It dates from the earliest years of the Saint-Cloud manufactory, the first in France to produce artificial or soft-paste porcelain commercially. The decoration in cobalt blue reflects the influence of imported Chinese porcelains, but the designs of arabesques and fantastic creatures is French in origin.
Marking: Painted in blue enamel on underside: pseudo-Chinese calligraphy
Karrick Riggs (until 1947; Pauline Riggs Noyes sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, February 7, 1947, no. 69; sold to Bensimon for $150); [ Gaston Bensimon , New York, before 1950; sold to Wilson ] ; R. Thornton Wilson , New York (until 1950; to MMA)