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Vase with cover

Factory:
Saint-Cloud (French, active by 1693–1766)
Date:
ca. 1690–1700
Culture:
French, Saint-Cloud
Medium:
Soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Height (without cover): 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1950
Accession Number:
50.211.185a, b
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)
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