Each: H. 15-1/16 x W. 10-7/8 x D. 6-1/4 in. (38.3 x 27.6 x 15.9 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1984
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 527
These blue green celadon vases bear the Chinese character shou ("long life") in low relief. Originally taller, the vases were cut down and mounted in Paris with scrolled and pierced handles, lip, and base. The mounts have been compared to work by Jean-Claude Duplessis père (ca. 1695–1774), a talented goldsmith, gilt-bronze worker, and porcelain designer. Duplessis's name occurs regularly in the livre-journal (account book) of the dealer Lazare Duvaux from 1748 to 1758. In September 1750, for instance, Duvaux sold the marquis de Voyer d'Argenson a pair of large celadon-porcelain vases mounted by Duplessis in gilt bronze for three thousand livres. This exceptionally high price indicates that the vases must have been of great importance, just like the Museum's pair.
Edith Chester Beatty , London ; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman , New York (until 1984; to MMA)
Artist: Meissen Manufactory (German, 1710–present)Date: ca. 1727, mounts and flowers ca. 1750Medium: Hard-paste porcelain with gilt-bronze mounts and soft-paste porcelain flowersAccession: 1982.60.256On view in:Gallery 540