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Pair of Vases (Pots Pourris à Bobèches)

A work made of soft-paste porcelain, polychrome enamels, and gilding.
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  • A work made of soft-paste porcelain, polychrome enamels, and gilding.

Date:

c. 1759

Artist:

Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (French, founded 1740)
Designed by Jean-Claude Duplessis (French, c. 1695-1774)
Painting attributed to by André-Vincent Vieillard (French, 1717-90, active 1752-90)

About this artwork

These multi-functional vessels served as both candleholders and room fresheners. Potpourri or burning pastilles were inserted at the foot of each vase, and the perfume was released through the intricate piercing along the sides and the bulblike projection between the candleholders. The resulting scent created the illusion that the porcelain flowers atop the vases were alive.

Status

On View, Gallery 216

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Artist

Jean-Claude Duplessis (Designer)

Title

Pair of Vases (Pots Pourris à Bobèches)

Origin

Sèvres

Date

1754–1764

Medium

Soft-paste porcelain, polychrome enamels, and gilding

Dimensions

1994.371.1: H. 24.1 cm (9 1/2 in.) 1994.371.2: H. 25.2 cm (9 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Joseph Maier and Arthur Lewis Liebman Memorial: Gift of Kenneth J. Maier, M.D.

Reference Number

1994.371.1-2

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