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.

Date:

c. 1759

Artist:

Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
French, founded 1740
Designed by Jean-Claude Duplessis
(French, fl. 1745/48-1774, died 1783)
Painted by André-Vincent Vieillard (attributed to)
(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.

On View

European Decorative Art, Gallery 216

Artist

Manufacture nationale de Sèvres

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

Extended information about this artwork

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