Vase with cover

Factory Saint-Cloud factory French

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This small globular vase is the surviving bottom half of what was known as a double gourd vase. It dates from the earliest years of the Saint-Cloud manufactory, the first in France to produce artificial or soft-paste porcelain commercially. The decoration in cobalt blue reflects the influence of imported Chinese porcelains, but the designs of arabesques and fantastic creatures is French in origin.

Vase with cover, Saint-Cloud factory (French, mid-1690s–1766), Soft-paste porcelain, French, Saint-Cloud

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