Pair of Mounted Vases

Chinese, Qing Dynasty (1644–1911), First Half of the Eighteenth Century

The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection
New York City, United States

The French gilt-bronze mounts were almost certainly designed specially for the base and handles of this Chinese porcelain vase and not adapted from a pre-existing repertoire of decora­tive elements, as was often the case. The heavy asymmetrical scrolls are related to work done around 1755−60 by Jean-Claude Duplessis, an Italian sculptor, designer, goldsmith, ceramics modeler, and bronze maker working in France. Duplessis served as artistic director of the Vincennes-Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory from 1748 until his death in 1774 and became orfèvre du roi (royal goldsmith) in 1758. He was also directly involved in creating bronze mounts for Chinese porcelain for Lazare Duvaux, the most prominent marchand-mercier in Paris in the 1740s and 1750s.

Source: Vignon, Charlotte. The Frick Collection Decorative Arts Handbook. New York: The Frick Collection/Scala, 2015.


  • Title: Pair of Mounted Vases
  • Creator: Chinese, Qing Dynasty (1644–1911), First Half of the Eighteenth Century
  • Date Created: ca. 1755−60
  • Physical Dimensions: 18 1/8 × 14 1/4 × 8 1/2 in. (46 × 36.2 × 21.6 cm)
  • External Link: See more on The Frick Collection website
  • Medium: Hard-paste porcelain and gilt bronze
  • Credit Line: Henry Clay Frick Bequest

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