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China Paris France (Place created)
porcelain about 1662 - 1722; mounts about 1700 - 1710
Porcelain and gilt bronze mounts
45.7 x 35.2 x 13.7 cm (18 x 13 7/8 x 5 3/8 in.)
One of the earliest known examples of the French fashion for mounting Chinese
The practice of mounting Chinese porcelain in Europe goes back at least to the Middle Ages. These mounts were a tribute not only to the beauty of the material but also to its extreme rarity. By the mid-1600s, when larger quantities of Chinese porcelain began to arrive in Europe, they continued to be mounted in precious or semi-precious metals to emphasize their unusual colors and design.