Past Exhibition

Pair of Vases Duplessis

pair of small white vases decorated with floral designs and trimmed with blue and gold, with gold handles

Pair of Vases Duplessis
Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory
French, 1755
Soft-paste porcelain
At left: 7 5/8 × 4 × 3 1/2 in. (19.4 × 10.2 × 8.9 cm)
At right: 7 3/8 × 4 1/4 × 3 5/8 in. (18.7 × 10.8 × 9.2 cm)
Gift of Miss Helen Clay Frick, 1934

Jean-Claude Duplessis is credited with designing the shape of these vases, one of the oldest produced by the porcelain manufactory in Vincennes. A successful model, it was made in at least five different sizes, always with a white ground and colorful flowers in relief; most are decorated with sprays of flowers and flowering branches. The floral garlands on this pair were painted by Denis Levé (act. 1754–1800), a specialist in flowers and ornaments who contributed to the decoration of several dinner services, including one presented by Louis XV to Christian VII of Denmark in 1768.