Pair of tulip vases as triumphal arches
Attributed to Adriaen Kocks, Dutch, Proprietor, The Greek A Factory, active 1686–1701
Height x width x depth: 29.5 x 30.5 x 7.6 cm (11 5/8 x 12 x 3 in.)
Medium or Technique
Art of the Netherlands in the 17th Century Gallery (Gallery 242)
Pair of tulip vases with seven stems in the form of triumphal arches with blue and white high-fired decoration in the style of Chinese porcelain from the Ming period. They each contain two sides: one side facing the exterior wall of the city richly decorated with stones, evoking the Medici Palace in Florence, and topped with a grotesque mask derived from 16th century motifs; and the other side facing the entrance out of the city and surmounted with a cartouche in the form of the goddes Flora holding a bouquet.