Vase (vase Boileau) (part of a set)

Manufactory Sèvres Manufactory French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 529

This example is the earliest known vase of this model, and it sold for the price of 720 livres, which was roughly the annual salary of a skilled worker such as a cabinetmaker. This vase, combined with the two vases (50.211.156a, b, .157a, b), was acquired by Prince Henry of Prussia, the younger brother of Frederick the Great. He must have valued the garniture highly, for he kept it on a chest of drawers in his bedroom in his palace in Berlin.

Vase (vase Boileau) (part of a set), Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present), Soft-paste porcelain, French, Sèvres

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