Pair of mounted vases

Chinese with French mounts

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These sky-blue vases of the Ch’ien Lung period were embellished in Paris with scrolled and foliated mounts that were used as bases, handles and rims and adapted them to the European Rococo aesthetic. The mounting of both Asian and European porcelain became a standard and lucrative practice for the Parisian marchands merciers. In this manner they could enhance a mediocre piece of porcelain or preserve a precious but damaged object. These “makers of nothing and sellers of everything” also invented new models for porcelain by giving them pierced mounts and turning them into incense burners or pot pourri holders.

Pair of mounted vases, Hard-paste porcelain, gilt bronze mounts, Chinese with French mounts

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