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)
Artist: Attributed to Martin Carlin (French, near Freiburg im Breisgau ca. 1730–1785 Paris) Date: ca. 1776Medium: Oak veneered with tulipwood, amaranth, holly, and sycamore; six Sèvres soft-paste porcelain plaques and two painted tin plaques; gilt-bronze mounts; marble shelves; moiré silkAccession: 1976.155.110On view in:Gallery 529
Artist: Martin Carlin (French, near Freiburg im Breisgau ca. 1730–1785 Paris) Date: ca. 1773Medium: Oak veneered with tulipwood, amaranth, holly, and ebonized holly; ten soft-paste porcelain plaques; gilt-bronze mounts; marble; velvet (not original)Accession: 58.75.44On view in:Gallery 529
Artist: Attributed to Roger Vandercruse, called Lacroix (French, 1727–1799) Date: porcelain ca. 1764, secretary ca. 1775Medium: Oak veneered with satin-wood, green and black-stained wood; gilt bronze, marble, soft-paste porcelain, silkAccession: 58.75.52On view in:Gallery 529