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Garniture of Three Vases

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Garniture of Three Vases








Hard-paste porcelain with enamel and gilded decoration

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Japanese craftsmen made vases such as this set for the European market, and Europeans eagerly collected them from the 1600s through the 1800s. Many European princes and nobles amassed large collections of Chinese and Japanese ceramics, which they installed in rooms known as "China cabinets." There, porcelains decorated entire walls, with vases, plates, and cups set on brackets or overmantels, in cabinets, and along shelves or even the floor.

For centuries, Europeans considered Chinese and Japanese porcelain an exotic and rare material that only the rich could afford. Europeans finally discovered the formula and ingredients for "true" or hard-paste porcelain in the first decade of the 1700s.

1986 - 1987

Spink & Son, Ltd. (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1987.

Imagining the Orient (October 5, 2004 to April 3, 2005) (87.DE.26.2 and 87.DE.26.3 only)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 5, 2004 to April 3, 2005

"Acquisitions/1987." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 16 (1988), p. 179, no. 76.

Bremer-David, Charissa, et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), p. 287, no. 499.

Sargentson, Carolyn. Merchants and Luxury Markets: The Marchands Merciers of Eighteenth-Century Paris (Malibu: Victoria and Albert Museum, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996), pp. 68, 185, pl. 36.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 191, no. 381.

Castelluccio, Stéphane. Collecting Chinese and Japanese Porcelain in Pre-Revolutionary Paris. Sharon Grevet, trans. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013), pp. 54, 58-59, fig. 34.

Castelluccio, Stéphane. Le Goût pour les porcelaines de Chine et du Japon à Paris aux XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles (Saint-Rémy-en-l'Eau: Éditions Monelle Hayot, 2013), pp. 53, 58-59, fig. 34.