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Flower Vase

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The vase is composed of two parts. The upper part is of shaped oval cross section and tapers from a flared, undulating rim to a much narrower base pierced with holes that fits into a shaped oval stand. The stand rests on four feet and has four cartouche-shaped openings in the shoulder. The vase...

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Incised ae on base of both vase and stand.


Until 1928, Charles Robert Wynn-Carrington, 1st Marquess of Lincolnshire (b. 1843 - d. 1928), London and Daws Hill, High Wycombe; December 5, 1928, posthumous Marquess of Lincolnshire sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 46, to L. Davis [see note 1]. 1929, Jacques Seligmann et fils, Paris; Arnold Seligmann et Cie., Paris [see note 2]; probably sold by Seligmann to Henry Walters (b. 1848 - d. 1931), New York and Baltimore; May 3, 1941, Sarah Green (Mrs. Henry) Walters sale, Parke Bernet, New York, lot 1366, to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965) NOTES: [1] The buyer's name is recorded in a handwritten annotation in the auction catalogue. [2] MM. J. Séligmann et fils lent the vase to the exhibition "La Porcelaine Française de 1673 à 1914" (Pavillon de Marsan, Palais du Louvre, Paris, November - December, 1929), cat. no. 1940 bis. According to the 1941 auction catalogue ("The Mrs. Henry Walters Art Collection. Volume Two," Parke-Bernet, New York, April 30 - May 3, 1941, p. 461, lot 1366), it had belonged to Arnold Seligmann, Paris. Arnold was Jacques Seligmann's brother; he worked with him until establishing his own firm in Paris in 1912. Henry Walters purchased extensively from the Paris and New York branches of the Seligmann galleries.

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Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection

vase hollandois nouveau ovale

French, 1761–62


22.3 x 17 x 14.2 cm (8 3/4 x 6 11/16 x 5 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels and gold




Ceramics, Porcelain