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1810 German (Berlin) Potpourri at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - From the curators' comments: "This vase embodies the elegant simplicity characteristic of Schinkel’s designs. The gilded metal mounts, cast in such a manner that they did not need to be chased by hand, reveal his interest in minimizing manufacture time and costs by designing prefabricated components that could be assembled rapidly."

Group Attributed to Domenico Bosello Date: ca. 1786 Culture: Italian (Le Nove) Medium: Terraglia (creamware) Dimensions: Overall: 15 x 7 1/2 in. (38.1 x 19.1 cm)

In the sixteenth century, Chinese porcelain occasionally arrived in England, sometimes by way of the Levant, sometimes by sea around the Cape of Good Hope. As it was very rare and considered a special treasure, the most accomplished English silversmiths were often commissioned to make mounts for it. Pieces such as these were regarded as suitable for royal gifts or for the furnishing of princely houses. The ewer shown here is one of a group of Chinese porcelains of the Wanli period…

Chinese Emperor, ca. 1767 Germany, Ludwigsburg Porcelain Manufactory, Joseph Weinmüller (born 1743, active at Ludwigsburg 1765–67) Hard-paste porcelain Dimensions: H. 29.2 cm New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1982.60.207