These bleu-célèste vases (see companion mounted vase 1976.240.4) have been given pronounced Neoclassical mounts in the bold manner of the designer Jean-Charles Delafosse (1734–1789). Mounting either Asian or European porcelain in gilt bronze became a standard and lucrative practice for the Parisian marchands merciers. In this manner, they could enhance a piece or preserve a damaged object. These dealers also invented new models for porcelain by giving them pierced mounts and turning them into incense burners or potpourri holders.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman , New York (until 1976; to MMA)