Garniture Set (one clock and 2 vases)

Garniture Set (one clock and 2 vases)

1736-1770

Part of a set. See all set records

Chinese hard-paste porcelain, gilt bronze, enameled metal

Gift of Horace Wood Brock 2020.421

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A set of vases and clock, connected visually by the use of the same materials, often adorned a mantlepiece or the top of a large piece of furniture, such as a commode or console, within a room.

Description

The fascination with Chinese porcelain among aristocratic circles increased during the reign of Louis XV. In reaction to the perceived excesses of elaborate naturalistic ornament of the 1750s, mount makers increasingly turned to neoclassical designs, known as Goût Grec (Greek taste) in the 1760s and 1770s. These beautifully chased gilt-bronze mounts feature classical Greco-Roman motifs such as lion masks, acanthus and laurel leaves, and pilasters.

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