Porcelain flower (one of a set of nine)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521

When the Vincennes manufactory opened around 1740, it specialized in making soft-paste porcelain flowers, many of which would have been combined with Meissen porcelain and pieces exported from China to make unique ornamental wares for the mantel. The luxury sellers known as marchand-merciers helped to market this combinatory aesthetic to elite consumers in eighteenth-century Paris.

Porcelain flower (one of a set of nine), Soft-paste porcelain, French

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