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Pair of elephant-head vases (vases à tête d'éléphant)

Factory:
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Modeler:
Jean-Claude Duplessis (French, ca. 1695–1774, active 1748–74)
Date:
ca. 1758
Culture:
French, Sèvres
Medium:
Soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
1983.185.10: 13 1/2 × 8 1/2 in. (34.3 × 21.6 cm); 1983.185.11: 13 3/4 × 8 1/2 in. (34.9 × 21.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.185.10, .11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 529
Relatively few elephant head vases were produced at Sèvres, perhaps due to the sculptural complexity of the model and thus the cost in making it. Of the twenty-one examples known to have survived, this Museum is fortunate in possessing six (see also 1976.155.61; 58.75.90a, b; 58.75.91a, b; and 1983.185.9).
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