Pair of Potpourri Vases with Covers

c. 1740–60
Overall: 15 cm (5 7/8 in.)
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Potpourri vases always have holes in the top to let the scent of dried spices and flowers contained within freshen the air around them.


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.
Pair of Potpourri Vases with Covers

Pair of Potpourri Vases with Covers

c. 1740–60

Saint Cloud Porcelain Factory

France, Saint Cloud, 18th century

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