Description The "marchands-merciers," or purveyors of the arts, frequently determined the course of fashion in 18th-century France. In this instance, a "marchand-mercier" has had a Chinese porcelain figure of the Buddhist monk Pu-tai Ho Shang and a cup mounted in an ormolu bower adorned with Vincennes porcelain flowers. The ormolu is stamped with the crowned "C" mark indicating that it was made between 1745 and 1749.
- Chinese Porcelains in European Mounts. China Institute, New York. 1980-1981.
- The Allure of Bronze. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Henry Walters, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sadie Jones (Mrs. Henry Walters), New York, 1931, by inheritance; Joseph Brummer, New York [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1941, by purchase.
Inscriptions stamped with the crowned C
Credit Museum purchase [formerly part of the Walters Collection], 1941
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