Jul 3, 2019

Potpourri Vase with Cover

Potpourri Vase with Cover

c. 1740–60

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Soft-paste porcelain

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

The Norweb Collection 1962.360.1

Did you know?

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.

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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