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Vase Floréal

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Painted by Drouet (flowers) and Caron (birds), gilded by Boitel. Mounts by Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843). Hard-paste porcelain with polychrome enamels and gold; gilt-bronze mounts. Marks: printed in red: Manufacture impériale SEVERS enclosing a crow


Printed in red: "Manufacture Imperiale" SEVRES enclosing a crowned eagle


1812/1813, created at the Sèvres Manufactory, France [see note 1]. March 13, 1991, anonymous sale, Neumeister, Munich, lot 101. Galerie J. Kugel, Paris; sold by Kugel to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 26, 1991) NOTES: [1] Three vases of similar design, known as "vases floréals," entered the sales room of the Sèvres factory in 1813 and 1814. Two were delivered in December, 1814 on the order of Louis XVIII. The third vase remained in the warehouse until 1830, when it was presented to the viceroy of Egypt. It is not known which of these three is the MFA vase, today the only known example of its kind. See Tamara Préaud et al., The Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory: Alexandre Brogniart and the Triumph of Art and Industry, 1800-1847 (New Haven and New York, 1997), cat. no. 29, fig. 10-2.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Frederick T. Bradbury and Bequest of Susan Greene Dexter in memory of Charles and Martha Babcock Amory, by exchange

French, 1812–13

Object Place

Paris, France


Overall: 69.9 x 35 x 29.2 cm (27 1/2 x 13 3/4 x 11 1/2 in.) Dimensions of base: 21 x 21 cm (8 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration




Ceramics, Porcelain