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Pair of Vases (pots-pourris fontaine or pots-pourri à dauphins)
Soft paste porcelain; bleu lapis, blue, pink and green ground colors, polychrome enamel decoration, and gilding
The complex construction and decoration of this pair of vases reveal the level of skill achieved by the craftsmen employed at the Sèvres porcelain manufactory. Each vase is divided into three sections: a base with holes for flowering bulbs, a tall body with pierced shoulders for potpourri, and a pierced lid. Painted ripples along the base and waves that project up the body, simulating cascades of water, give these vases their name of pot pourri fontaine. Charles-Nicolas Dodin, who painted the Chinese figures on the sides, copied them from Chinese
These vases once formed part of a garniture owned by
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