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Yuan celadon porcelain vase in Louis XVI mounts
Rare Yuan celadon pot-pourri vase mounted in early Louis XVI ormoulu mounts. The vase is glazed with an unctuous celadon glaze and is decorated with scrolling branches and peonies in relief. The vase rests on an incurvated ormoulu plinth on a square base with re-entrant corners and has two ormoulu handles at the neck terminating in mascarons. The domed top is reticulated.
 It is very rare to find early Chinese porcelain with French eighteenth century mounts. The porcelain, called a “yen-yen” vase, originally had a tall neck.
There is a drawing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (63.547.10) of a vase of this model. The model also exists as part of a garniture made at the Fürstenberg porcelain factory with simulated gilded porcelain “mounts”. There are two ormoulu mounted Sèvres porcelain vases of the same model as the center vase of the Fürstenberg garniture at Waddesdon Manor. (See: Svend Eriksen. The James A. Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor: Sèvres Porcelain. Nº 81.)

Ex Collection: Mrs. Lucienne Fribourg

Height (ins.): 10.5 (27cm)      Length/Width (ins.): 7 (18cm)     
Origin: China and France     Period: Louis XVI



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