Label

This vase was likely part of a three- or five-part garniture or set of vases that the Washingtons possibly displayed on a mantel at Mount Vernon. On this example, the classic Chinese form has been ornamented with a picturesque landscape and floral sprays, decorations intended to appeal to Western taste.

Description

A:
Baluster-shaped vase decorated in sepia, black, and gilt with a view of a castle in a circular reserve on the front and back; each reserve is framed by a border of alternating four-petal flowers and leaves in black and gilt and depicts a castle with several circular towers, a figure visible within the main gate and four birds soaring above, two intertwined trees at right and a landscape strewn with rocks and short trees in the foreground; several bouquets of flowers of varying sizes, each painted in sepia and black and picked out in gilt, decorate the rest of the vase - large bouquets on each side, middle-sized bouquets below the reserves on front and back, and small bouquets scattered across the remaining ground; a band of alternating four-petal flowers and leaves in black and gilt accents the neck and base; a gilt fish-scale border ornaments the collar; high footrim, glazed on interior of well.

B:
Domed lid with outward-flaring rim and a gilded, recumbent lion-of-Fo knop; shoulder is encircled with a band of alternating four-petal flowers and leaves in black and gilt; a gilt fish-scale border ornaments the edge of the rim; glazed on inside of lid; base of lid has been left unglazed.

Date

1790-1800


Geography


Material/Technique

Porcelain (hard-paste), enamel, gilt


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 11 3/4 in. x 5 in. x 5 in. (29.85 cm x 12.7 cm x 12.7 cm)
Other (A): 10 1/2 in. x 5 in. x 5 in. (26.67 cm x 12.7 cm x 12.7 cm)
Other (B): 2 1/8 in. x 3 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. (5.41 cm x 8.89 cm x 8.89 cm)


Credit Line

Purchase, 1956


Object Number

W-2101/A-B


Colors (Beta)


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