Mounted covered vase

Chinese porcelain; French mounts
Porcelain: about 1700–22; Mounts: about 1750


51.9 x 38.5 x 26.5 cm (20 7/16 x 15 3/16 x 10 7/16 in.)

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Porcelain with cobalt-blue glaze, gilt-bronze mounts

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Asia, Europe



Proudly displaying their vibrant, deep cobalt-blue glaze, the walls of this porcelain vase descend vertically from the wide mouth, then constrict gently to set off the flaring foot. The sides of the truncated conical cover - which features the same dark blue glaze - slope inward at a forty-five-degree angle, then rise vertically forming a short collar that supports the upper tier which curves gracefully inward to receive the gilt-bronze cover finial. A light bluish-green glaze coats the interior surfaces and a low wide footring encircles the flat, unglazed base. The vase is fitted with two ear-shaped gilt-bronze handles formed of a foliate scrolls and intertwined floral garlands. The handles terminate at the molded base which rests on a four tall foliate scroll feet. The top of the vase is encircled by a collar molded with spiral flutes and with flowers, leaves, and C-scrolls at front and back. The finial of the cover is in the form of a coral branch with shells and seaweed.


Possibly Marquis de Ganay [see note 1]. By 1949, with Rosenberg & Stiebel, New York, NY; January 8, 1949, sold by Rosenberg & Stiebel to Forsyth Wickes, New York and Newport, RI (d. 1964); 1965, bequest of Wickes. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

[1] see J. Munger, "The Forsythe Wickes Collection," 1992, no. 264, p. 291.

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection