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March 07, 2010

For your château? Meissen Vase

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?


  1. Ooo yes, yes, yes! I love the daisy exterior and the charming scene on the front!

  2. One of the things I love about items from the past is that they're just so darn ornate and have such flourish! Trying to imagine an artist of today creating something like that?! It would look just lovely in my castle, if only I had one!

  3. Looks like a lady with her hands on her hips - I LOVE it!

  4. This vase must be one of the many lovely ceramic pieces in this one room at the Palace of Legion of Honor. Downstairs, across the hall from either the gift shop or cafeteria, can't remember which it was. Just sort of out of the way in a corner. You go downstairs to look at all the Persian and Egyptian, classical Greek and Roman, and there at the end of the hall is a veritable tresure trove of decorative arts!

    San Francisco pride!