One of a Pair of Potpourri Vases (Vase pot pourri feuilles de mirte)

ca. 1761

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

Branches of myrtle leaves and ornamental scrolls adorn the sides of this vase and its mate (48.591), which are covered with a pale turquoise ground color. The presence of myrtle leaves could allude to an ingredient of the potpourri that was meant to fill the vases.

The scenes painted in the reserves are attributed to Charles-Nicolas Dodin, who might have used decoration from Chinese porcelains or enamels as his source.

These vases match a Sèvres clock in the Musée du Louvre. They are thought to have been owned by Madame de Pompadour.


  • Title: One of a Pair of Potpourri Vases (Vase pot pourri feuilles de mirte)
  • Creator: Charles Nicolas Dodin (French, 1734-1803) (?)
  • Date Created: ca. 1761
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Decorator: Charles Nicolas Dodin (French, 1734-1803) (?), Manufacturer: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (French, active 1756-present), Designer: Jean-Claude Duplessis le Père (French and Italian, ca. 1695-1774)
  • Provenance: Marquise de Pompadour; Etienne-Francois de Choiseul-Stainville, duc de Choiseul (1719-1785) [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Paris, February 18, 1793, no. 338 [as recorded by Ennès 1997, pg.77]; Collection of E. Chappey, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Collection of E. Chappey Sale, Paris, May 1907, no. 1106; E. M. Hodgkins Collection, Paris, no. 2 [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A. Seligmann, Rey and Co., New York; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1928, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: vases; covers
  • Medium: soft-paste porcelain with enamel and gilding
  • Inscriptions: No visible marks. Any marks have been covered by composition by which base was attached.
  • Exhibitions: The Taste of Maryland: Art Collecting in Maryland 1800-1934. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984., Going for Baroque. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995-1996., Vincennes and Sèvres Porcelain in the Walters Art Gallery. The Frick Collection, New York; Washington Antiques Show, Washington. 1980., Age of Elegance: The Rococo and its Effects. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1959., Un défi au gout: 50 ans de création à la manufacture royal de Sevres (1740-1793). Musée du Louvre, Paris. 1997.
  • Dimensions: Overall with lid H: 11 3/4 x W: 6 3/4 x D: 5 3/16 in. (29.9 x 17.1 x 13.2 cm); Vase H: 9 7/16 x W: 6 3/4 x D: 5 3/16 in. (24 x 17.1 x 13.2 cm); Lid H: 2 11/16 x Diam: 2 15/16 in. (6.9 x 7.4 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1928
  • Classification: Ceramics
  • Accession Number: 48.59

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