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

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.

Temple Newsam House

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

Opening times

3 Nov 2015 – 12 Feb 2016
Pre-booked visits and tours only (see website to book)

13 Feb – 30 Oct
Tue – Sun
10.30 am – 5pm (last admission 4.15pm)

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