Potpourri vase (pot-pourri gondole)

Manufactory Sèvres Manufactory French
Modeler Jean-Claude Duplessis French
Attributed to Charles Nicolas Dodin French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 529

The French royal manufactory at Sèvres became the most influential and prestigious porcelain factory in Europe in the second half of the eighteenth century. Its products were characterized by innovation in both form and decoration, and by a consistently high level of technical skill. These qualities are evident in the complex pierced design of the cover and shoulder of this gondola-shaped vase, in the rich turquoise ground color, and in the detailed painted and gilded decoration. Designed to hold potpourri, this vase was first owned by Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of Louis XV and an avid patron of the Sèvres factory.

Potpourri vase (pot-pourri gondole), Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present), Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels, gold, French, Sèvres

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