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Vase

Date:
1830–70
Geography:
Probably made in Bennington, Vermont, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Parian porcelain
Dimensions:
H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. Charles W. Green, 1947
Accession Number:
47.90.33
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 736
Named in reference to the ancient marble quarry on the Greek island of Parros, parian has a higher proportion of feldspar than conventional porcelain, resulting in a vitrified biscuit body that resembles white statuary marble. Stylish and affordable, parian statuary and hollowware were extremely popular household ornaments in the mid-nineteenth century. This vase (one of a pair, 47.90.34) was likely made by the United States Pottery Company, which exhibited parian to great acclaim at the 1853 New York Crystal Palace Exhibition in New York.
Dr. Charles W. Green, New York, until 1947
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