Overall: 21.7 x 29 x 17.4cm (8 9/16 x 11 7/16 x 6 7/8in.) Other (Part A): 19.1 x 19.8 x 14.5cm (7 1/2 x 7 13/16 x 5 11/16in.) Other (Part B): 18.8 x 19.8 x 14.5cm (7 3/8 x 7 13/16 x 5 11/16in.) Other (Part C): 21.7 x 29 x 17.4cm (8 9/16 x 11 7/16 x 6 7/8in.)
Medium or Technique
Soft-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration
Not On View
Each of the three vases is composed of two parts. In each, the upper part is of shaped oval section and tapers to a base pierced with holes which fits into an oval stand with four shaped openings along the shoulder. The three vases are similarly decorated, with a turquoise (bleu celeste) ground and an oval reserve on the front containing figures in a landscape. On 65.1819, two men and a woman sitting outdoors by the side of a house converse and drink. The reverse on 65.1818 depicts two men standing by a barrel in an abbreviated landscape. One pours from a jug into the other’s glass, and a dog rests on a stool in the foreground. The reverse of 65.1817 is painted with a harbor scene of two men taking fish from barrels, with a skate in the foreground and a boat docked in the middle distance. Each vase is decorated with three additional reserves containing flowers and fruits, and four subsidiary panels painted with trailing flowers. The oval reserves are enframes by elaborate gilt scrolls and dots, and the bleu celeste register below the reserves on each vase is punctuated with small white panels with simple gilt decoration. Each stand is decorated with bleu celeste guilloche bands outlined with gilding, and the cartouche-shaped openings of the shoulder are bordered by bleu celeste within gilt lines.
Vase: painted marks as on 65.1817ab: interlaced Ls enclosing date letter F, painter's mark K of Chas Dodin (active at Sevres 1754-1802) below, painter's mark of a comma for Charles-Mereaud jeune (active at Sevres 1756-80) above, all in blue enamel: incised cn. Stand: incised c.
1880, Paul Pavlovich Demidoff, 2nd Prince of San Donato (b. 1839 - d. 1885), Florence; March 15 - April 10, 1880, Demidoff sale, San Donato Palace, lot 472 [see note 1]. Wertheimer, London [see note 2]. By 1910, J. Pierpont Morgan (b. 1837 - d. 1914), New York [see note 3]; 1914, to his estate; March 22-25, 1944, Morgan estate sale, Parke Bernet, New York, lot 646, to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)
 In the same lot as MFA nos. 65.1817a-b and 65.1818a-b.  According to "Furniture and Objects of Art" (Morgan estate sale catalogue), Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, March 22-24, 1944, p. 170, lot 646.  J. P. Morgan inventory numbers P.M. 1736.A-1736.D in red enamel paint on bases of vases and stands.
Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection