Jul 3, 2019

Pair of Potpourri Vases with Covers

Pair of Potpourri Vases with Covers

c. 1740–60

Part of a set. See all set records

Soft-paste porcelain

Overall: 15 cm (5 7/8 in.)

The Norweb Collection 1962.360

Did you know?

Potpourri vases always have holes in the top to let the scent of dried spices and flowers contained within freshen the air around them.

Description

These vases were created to contain potpourri, a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices emitting ambient fragrance. This specific function offered a particularly fertile ground for the development of French porcelain, as manufactories experimented with forms, surface ornamentations, and placement of perforations.

See also
Collection: 
Decorative Arts
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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