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- Dimensions height: 27.8 cm
- ID no. FZRS/18
- Availability private collection
- Collector Katarzyna Sosenko / Collection of the Sosenko Family Foundation
- Object copyright Katarzyna Sosenko
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Virtual Małopolska project
The porcelain vase in the form of an urn, with openings in the lid, was intended for storing potpourris, i.e. scented mixtures made from dried herbs and flowers. The body of the vessel has a circular cross-section, is elongated, narrows at the base and turns into a round base on a square stand.more
The porcelain vase in the form of an urn, with openings in the lid, was intended for storing potpourris, i.e. scented mixtures made from dried herbs and flowers. The body of the vessel has a circular cross-section, is elongated, narrows at the base and turns into a round base on a square stand. The base is decorated with a wreath of gilded oak leaves, made using a relief technique. The vase has a high lid with holes, topped by a handle in the shape of a small wreath with a ribbon. There are large, J-shaped handles on both sides of the body.
The vessel is decorated with very richly gilded and colourful zoomorphic ornaments, motifs featuring floral tendrils and cartouches with figural scenes against the background of a landscape. Depictions of ports and merchant striking deals have been placed in the cartouches; the large cartouches are flanked by tiny Chinese figures.
The ornamentation and figural scenes depicted on the vase refer to trade expeditions and exchanges with China, from where luxury goods, including incense, were imported. Decorations on the vessel refer to its purpose, that is, storing oriental fragrances imported from the East.
Elaborated by Katarzyna Sosenko (Collection of the Sosenko Family Foundation), Editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums,
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