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Pair of Vases

After
a painting by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, French, 1725–1805
Maker
Sèvres Porcelain Factory, France, founded 1756
Painter
scene painted by Charles-Eloi Asselin, French, 1743–1804
flowers painted by Jean-Baptiste Tandart, French, active 1754–1803
Date
1774
Material
Soft-paste porcelain, overglaze enamels, and gilding
Made in
Vincennes, Île-de-France, France, Europe
Classification
Ceramics
Current Location
On View, Gallery 124
Dimensions
12 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 6 in. (31.8 x 24.1 x 15.2 cm)
Credit Line
Seek Beauty and Find Love: Jane and Whitney Harris
Rights
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Object Number
80:2000.1,.2
NOTES
The sumptuous blue-and-gold surface of this ornamental vase exemplifies the 18th-century taste for gilded decoration and exuberant color. Rimmed in gold, the top opening resembles precious shells while the handles seem to have been formed by encasing myrtle leaves in gold. The vase carries a narrative scene based on compositions by the French painter Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725–1805). Greuze’s “Blind Man Deceived” shows a young woman fooling her blind husband as she attempts to sneak her lover out of the basement and away before her spouse discovers her ruse.
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