Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Pair of vases

porcelain mid-18th century, mounts ca. 1740–50
Chinese with French mounts
Hard-paste porcelain, gilt-bronze mounts
Each: H. 15-1/16 x W. 10-7/8 x D. 6-1/4 in. (38.3 x 27.6 x 15.9 cm)
Metalwork-Gilt Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.471.3, .4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 527
These blue green celadon vases bear the Chinese character shou ("long life") in low relief. Originally taller, the vases were cut down and mounted in Paris with scrolled and pierced handles, lip, and base. The mounts have been compared to work by Jean-Claude Duplessis père (ca. 1695–1774), a talented goldsmith, gilt-bronze worker, and porcelain designer. Duplessis's name occurs regularly in the livre-journal (account book) of the dealer Lazare Duvaux from 1748 to 1758. In September 1750, for instance, Duvaux sold the marquis de Voyer d'Argenson a pair of large celadon-porcelain vases mounted by Duplessis in gilt bronze for three thousand livres. This exceptionally high price indicates that the vases must have been of great importance, just like the Museum's pair.
Edith Chester Beatty , London ; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman , New York (until 1984; to MMA)
Related Objects

Pair of vases

Date: mounts ca. 1760–70, porcelain early 18th century Medium: Hard-paste porcelain; gilt-bronze mounts Accession: 49.7.80, .81 On view in:Gallery 527

Vase (vase chinois) (one of a pair)

Artist: Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present) Date: 1791 Medium: Hard-paste porcelain, gilt bronze Accession: 1971.206.24 On view in:Gallery 524

Pair of vases

Artist: Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present) Date: 1789 Medium: Hard-paste porcelain; gilt bronze, marble Accession: 2008.529, .530 On view in:Gallery 545

Potpourri bowl with cover (one of a pair)

Date: porcelain late 17th century, mounts ca. 1745–50 Medium: Hard-paste porcelain, gilt-bronze mounts Accession: 1979.396.2a, b On view in:Gallery 525

Chinese figure with bird

Artist: Meissen Manufactory (German, 1710–present) Date: ca. 1727, mounts and flowers ca. 1750 Medium: Hard-paste porcelain with gilt-bronze mounts and soft-paste porcelain flowers Accession: 1982.60.256 On view in:Gallery 540