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French (Paris)
about 1865–80
Attributed to Paul Constant Soyer (French, 1832–1903), Attributed to Theophile Soyer (French, 1853–1940)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted enamel on copper

Not On View





Tall baluster-form vase formed of copper with painted enamel decoration en grisaille.

The painted enamels of Limoges were prized in sixteenth-century court circles for their jewel-like finish, sophisticated decorative vocabulary, painterly technique, and recognizable subject matter. These same characteristics led to a resurgence in demand from the mid-nineteenth century, when pieces in the Renaissance style were fashioned for a new, growing market. Here, the artist used the historic technique of painting en grisaille (in white tones on a dark ground), although the form of these vases was unknown in the sixteenth century.


About September, 1948, acquired by Elizabeth Day McCormick [see note 1]; 1949, gift of Elizabeth Day McCormick. (Accession date: January 25, 1949)

[1] See letter from Elizabeth Day McCormick to the MFA, September 6, 1948, where she describes the acquisition of the two vases during her stay in Chicago, IL.

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection