Flower vase

French (Paris)
1863 or later

Object Place: France


33.65 cm (13 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with lead glazes and enamel decoration

Not On View





Tri-lobed body on raised foot. Along shoulder, at interceses of lobes, are smaller lobed sections with openings at top. Short neck flares into a scalloped rim. Polychrome decoration consisting of blue strapwork with Islamic-inspired floral ornament in yellow gray and red on a white ground. Neck has blue interior.

Deck, trained as a chemist and sculptor, was considered one of the most accomplished ceramicists of his time, greatly admired throughout Europe. His work was also exhibited in America, and a flower vase of this model was shown at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876. Deck developed a fascination for the patterns and colors of Iznik (Turkish) ceramics, and his studio became renowned for its work in the Iznik style.


By 1999, purchased in England by Margot Johnson, Margot Johnson Inc., New York; 1999, sold by Margot Johnson to the MFA. (Accession date: March 24, 1999)

Credit Line

In memory of John F. Paramino, Boston Sculptor