Potpourri Vase with Cover

c. 1740–60
Location: not on view
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Prior to Saint-Cloud's development of soft-paste porcelain in the 1690s, rumors spread throughout Europe that the prized material was made by burying a variety of materials, including lobster shells, in the ground for eighty years.


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.
Potpourri Vase with Cover

Potpourri Vase with Cover

c. 1740–60

Saint Cloud Porcelain Factory

France, Saint Cloud, 18th century

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