Pair of Vases

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Pair of Vases






porcelain about 1662–1722; mounts about 1745–1749


Porcelain; gilt bronze mounts

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From the mid-1600s onwards, larger quantities of porcelain from China and Japan began to be imported into Europe. In the 1700s, dealers of luxury goods called marchands-mercierspurchased the porcelain directly at auction or from the East Indies companies and passed it to metalworkers to decorate. Often the porcelain was modified to take the mounts, sometimes creating completely new forms.

Originally, these Chinese vases would have been about six inches (fifteen centimeters) taller than they are now. A Parisian craftsman, following the instructions of a marchand-mercier,cut down the vases and fitted them with the elaborate gilt bronze mounts to suit the French taste for handles and Rococo shapes. Scholars know that the mounts were made between 1745 and 1749 because of the small crowned C stamp on them.

Related Works
- 1932

Private Collection [sold, Objets d'art et d'ameublement du XVIIIe siècle et autres, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, December 20, 1932, lot 73.]

- late 1970s

Masurel Family, French, (Northern France)


Bernard Steinitz, French, 1933 - 2012 (Paris, France)

- 1979

Alexander & Berendt Ltd. (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1979.

Chinese Porcelains in European Mounts (October 22, 1980 to January 25, 1981)
  • China House Gallery, China Institute in America (New York), October 22, 1980 to January 25, 1981
Mounted Oriental Porcelain (December 2, 1986 to August 23, 1987)
  • The Frick Collection (New York), December 2, 1986 to March 1, 1987
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City), March 28 to May 24, 1987
  • Center for the Fine Arts (Miami), June 13 to August 23, 1987