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

Pair of vases

ca. 1750
Chinese with French mounts
Hard-paste porcelain, gilt bronze
Overall: 7 1/4 × 7 1/4 × 5 1/2 in., 6lb. (18.4 × 18.4 × 14 cm, 2.7216kg)
Metalwork-Gilt Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1977
Accession Number:
1977.102.1, .2
Not on view
These vases of the Ch'ien Lung period were embellished in Paris with scrolled and foliated mounts that were used as bases, handles, and rims, thus adapting the vases to the European Rococo aesthetic. Mounting 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 some vessels pierced mounts and turning them into potpourri holders.

[Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide, 2004]
Madame Jacques Balsan ; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman , New York (until 1977; to MMA)