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Octagonal Vase

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Description The largest white (reserve) panels on this vase are decorated with "chinoiseries," which fancifully imagine life in the “East” for a European audience. Chinoiseries remained popular throughout the 18th century and could be found on paintings, tapestries, and dresses, as well as mirrors, teapots, and beds. When this vase was made Europeans had only recently come to understand the complex technique of how porcelain was manufactured in China. This unusually large vase was made in England, but mimics French fashions; these particular scenes are taken from engravings by Jean-Joseph Balechou and Pierre Aveline after François Boucher's "Les Delices de l'Enfance," ca. 1748.
Date Description Narrative
Provenance D. C. Marjoribanks; St. George Henry Lowther, 4th Earl of Lonsdale; Hugh Cecil Lowther, 5th Earl of Lonsdale; George R. Harding, London [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions paper sticker: no. 201
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911

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ca. 1758-1769
soft paste porcelain
Accession Number
21 1/8 in. (53.7 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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