Pair of tulip vases as triumphal arches

Dutch (Delft)
about 1690-1705
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.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware

On View

Art of the Netherlands in the 17th Century Gallery (Gallery 242)




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware

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.


Paper label on each: "Collection G. Ephis / DELFT 060" and "Collection G. Ephis / DELFT 061"




By 1981, private collection, The Netherlands. By 1992, Pieter Hoogendijk (dealer), Naarden, The Netherlands; 1994, sold by Hoogendijk to the G. Ephis collection (private collector), France; 2012, sold by the G. Ephis collection to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 2012).

Credit Line

The G. Ephis Collection—Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously, Charles Bain Hoyt Fund, John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund, Mary S. and Edward J. Holmes Fund, William Francis Warden Fund, Tamara Petrosian Davis Sculpture Fund, John Lowell Gardner Fund, Seth K. Sweetser Fund, H. E. Bolles Fund, and funds by exchange from the Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection-Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger