Potpourri vase

Designer Karl Friedrich Schinkel German
Werner & Mieth, Berlin

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 553

This vase embodies the elegant simplicity characteristic of Schinkel’s designs. The gilded metal mounts, cast in such a manner that they did not need to be chased by hand, reveal his interest in minimizing manufacture time and costs by designing prefabricated components that could be assembled rapidly. The Berlin-based company Werner & Mieth experimented with this type of matte milk glass, developed in Bohemia, which they called "Flußglas", and produced a line of objects—including this vase—which they showcased at the Berliner Akademie exhibition in 1812.

Potpourri vase, Karl Friedrich Schinkel (German, Neuruppin 1781–1841 Berlin), Glass, gilded yellow metal, marble, German, Berlin

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