Meissen Factory. Vase, 1750. porcelain with ormolu mounts. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
This lovely porcelain vase was made at the Meissen Factory around 1750. When the item was made the factory had been illustrious for 4 decades, and their pieces were de rigeur for the first part of the century. This vase features two exagerated handles on each side decorated with gilt vines and flowers. This motif is mimicked on the base of the vase. The dynamic flow of the base is very organic and implies the body of the vase is floating or balancing, quite gracefully, upon the growth (roots).
The body of the vase is also organic in shape and covered in very small and well detailed blooms. The texture is apparent and the blooms frame a miniature of a couple strolling through a pleasure garden. The nature of this piece, with all it's floral motifs and organic bulbus shapes may just be found within an exotic pleausre garden.
But what about your chateau? Perhaps it would sit upon the wooden end table in your living room? Or on your night stand in your private apartments? What do you say?