These oval vases are elegant works of decorative art, which are designed for storing pot-pourri. The vases’ porcelain bodies were crafted in the 17th Century in China and feature beautiful ‘Wucai’ (‘five colour’) decoration. The vases were fitted with Louis XVI (Neoclassical) style gilt bronze (ormolu) mounts in France in the late 19th Century. The items are stamped with the retailer’s name, ‘Bointaburet A Paris’. Founded in Paris in the late 19th Century, Boin-Taubert was an important retailer of luxury decorative arts and furniture.
The vases feature oval porcelain bodies which are finely painted with red, green, yellow, blue designs on white grounds. These bodies come apart at their centres, forming a domed lid and a bowl. The lid is crowned by a gilt bronze pomegranate finial, the base of which is edged with beading. At their middles, the vases feature gilt bronze bands which are pierced with square openings and entwined by husk wreaths and swags. These openings are designed to allow the beautiful scent of the pot-pourri to escape and diffuse around the room. The interiors of the vase bowls are finely hand-painted with the same designs as found on the exteriors. Each vase stands on a splayed and gadrooned gilt bronze foot. These are set on square gilt bronze bases with scalloped corners.