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Vase (vase à monter) (one of a pair)

Factory:
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Date:
vase ca. 1755–60, mounts ca. 1760–75
Culture:
French, Sèvres
Medium:
Soft-paste porcelain, gilt bronze
Dimensions:
Height: 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.240.5
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 529
These bleu-célèste vases (see companion mounted vase 1976.240.4) have been given pronounced Neoclassical mounts in the bold manner of the designer Jean-Charles Delafosse (1734–1789). Mounting either Asian or European porcelain in gilt bronze became a standard and lucrative practice for the Parisian marchands merciers. In this manner, they could enhance a piece or preserve a damaged object. These dealers also invented new models for porcelain by giving them pierced mounts and turning them into incense burners or potpourri holders.
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