Pair of vases

These monumental vases are made of papier-mache, inlaid with mother-of-pearl and mounted in ormolu.


Papier mache & ormolu
Height: 95.3 cm
Art Fund grant:
£35,000 ( Total: £185,000; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
Partridge Fine Arts

They imitate porcelain and lacquer and their elegant shapes derive from Kangxi porcelain. These vases show the revival of the taste for mounting both porcelain and lacquer in rich gilt bronze mounts.


Almost certainly acquired by Isabella Marchioness of Hertford for Temple Newsam, circa 1830; given to Hon Frederick Meynell for Hoar Cross, Staffs, circa 1904; Christie's, 1999; Partridge Fine Arts.

Venue details

Temple Newsam House Temple Newsam Estate, Leeds West Yorkshire LS15 0AE 0113 336 7461

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