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Oval vase with flattened sides, contracting at rim. Dark brown with areas of white and turquoise. Frog and beetle on one surface with bands inscribed: "Echappez vous des ombres immobiles/Lecompte de Lisle"; spray of daisies? opposite.


Inscribed: "échappez-vous des ombres immobiles" (Escape from the still shadows)


On bottom, incised: "Nanceiis comp et fecit Emile Galle. Epreuve definitive 1891" and (please refer to accession card for specific mark). Also incised 'E/Cross of Lorraine/G' in vertaical "japanese" arrangement.


Possibly after 1904, with Mr. Kennedy, Milton, MA [see note 1]. By 1942, with his daughter, Mildred Kennedy, Concord MA; 1953, gift of Mildred Kennedy. (Accession date: June 16, 1953) NOTES: [1] See letter from Mildred Kennedy, May 22, 1942, in MFA curatorial file, citing a newspaper clipping of December 6, 1904 which was placed inside the vase by her father. Mildred Kennedy implies in this letter that her father owned the vase which she later inherited.

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Gift of Miss Mildred Kennedy

French (Nancy), 1891


H: 16.5 cm (6 1/2in.); W: 15.9 cm (6 1/4 in.)

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Cased and carved glass