|Artist/Maker||National Porcelain Manufactory of Sèvres|
|Medium||Porcelain, inlaid enamel, bronze|
|Dimensions||h. 68.75 Diameter: 28 in. ( h. 174.6 Diameter: 71.1 cm)|
|Credit Line||U.S. Senate Collection|
On September 24, 1918, France presented the U.S. Senate with two Sèvres vases (see also 46.00008.001) as a token of “sisterly gratitude” for America’s “timely help” in World War I.
Standing nearly six feet tall, this vase is enveloped in colors inspired by the deep sea (coral-green and sea-pearl yellow) and features a distinctive bronze platform-base and neck-rim as well as four porcelain pendants. The brilliant hues and variegated patterns on the vase are achieved using a crystalline glazing process developed by the Sèvres porcelain factory—the preeminent porcelain manufacturer in Europe in the second half of the 18th century.