Pair of baluster vases and covers

Dutch (Delft)
about 1700-1715
Marked by Pieter Adriaensz Kocks, Proprietor, Greek A factory (active 1701–1703)


Height x width x diameter: 44 x 22.9 x 16.5 cm (17 5/16 x 9 x 6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2012.613.1a-b - 2a-b

Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware

On View

Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)





Pair of large covered vases with domed, topped with a lotus bud finial, decorated in red, blue, and gold polychrome decoration in the Japanese Imari style featuring a pheonix perched on a flowering rock surrounded by Chinese birds, peonies, and Japanese-style fans. One vase is marked with conjoined “PAK” in overglaze iron-red.


Marked vase has two labels: "Collection G. Ephis / DEL 276" and "G. Lefebvre Antiquaire. 24, rue du Bac, Paris"

The unmarked vase also has Lefebvre label as above, and "Collection G. Ephis / DEL 277"


One vase is marked with conjoined "PAK" in overglaze iron-red, the other unmarked.


1982, sold by Lefebvre et Fils (dealer), Paris, 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