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Sèvres Vase

Title Sèvres Vase
Artist/Maker National Porcelain Manufactory of Sèvres
Date 1918 ca.
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
Accession Number 46.00008.002

  • Object Description
  • 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.