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Pair of Vases (Pots Pourris à Bobèches)

A work made of soft-paste porcelain, polychrome enamels, and gilding.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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


c. 1759


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.


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Applied Arts of Europe


Jean-Claude Duplessis (Designer)


Pair of Vases (Pots Pourris à Bobèches)


Sèvres (Object made in)

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Soft-paste porcelain, polychrome enamels, and gilding


1994.371.1: 24.2 × 15 × 8.9 cm (9 1/2 × 5 7/8 × 3 1/2 in.); 1994.371.2: 24.8 × 15.3 × 8.9 cm (9 3/4 × 6 × 3 1/2 in.)

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

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