Frick Acquires Unique Sèvres Porcelain Vase and an Important Renaissance Drawing

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white covered porcelain vase with rust colored diamond pattern and a gold chain


The Frick’s Board of Trustees announcesthe acquisition of two objects that will
enhance the museum’s holdings in areas that interested founder Henry Clay Frick 
at the end of his life: eighteenth-century French porcelain and Italian Renaissance 
drawings. A rare and beautiful vase created at the Royal Manufactory of Sèvres
has been acquired in honor of Anne L. Poulet, who retired at the end of September 
after serving as Director for eight years. The vase, a partial purchase by the Frick 
and a partial gift from Alexis and Nicolas Kugel, is 
the first piece of hard-paste porcelain from the 
Royal Manufactory of Sèvres to enter the 
Collection. It complements the museum’s 
substantial Sèvres holdings made with the earlier 
soft-paste formula, objects obtained by Mr. Frick 
from the dealer Joseph Duveen. This latest acquisition is particularly appropriate 
given the interest of Director Emerita Anne Poulet in eighteenth-century French 
decorative arts. The vase will be displayed this winter alongside selections from a 
promised gift of hard-paste Meissen porcelain objectsin the new Portico Gallery for 
Decorative Arts and Sculpture, which opens to the public on December 13. Also 
entering the collection is an important Italian Renaissance by drawing the Sienese 
artist Domenico Beccafumi (1486–1551), a two-sided sheet given to the Frick by 
Trustee Barbara G. Fleischman in honor of Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp 
Chief Curator Colin B. Bailey.