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  • Place of origin:

    Zürich (possibly, made)
    Vienna (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain, painted and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Blanche L. Eck

  • Museum number:

    710 to B-1893

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 23, shelf 8 []

Physical description

Centrepiece made up of three sections. White porcelain, in three tiers, with a basket at the top. The lowest tiers is in the form of an arbour with four arched openings, each with a balcony. The corners are scrolled, with shells at the bottom and heads ending in scrolls at the top. The central tier consists of a pedestal with lattice-work sides and scrolled corners, supporting shells with helmeted heads above, and ending in scrolls. On the third tier are four dolphins resting against a palm-tree in the centre and supporting shells on their heads. Four smaller shells are supported by palm-tree which is surmounted by the lattice-work basket. The whole stands on a base with four incurved sides and is painted and gilded with bands, diaper and floral sprays.

Place of Origin

Zürich (possibly, made)
Vienna (possibly, made)


18th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain, painted and gilded


Height: 60.9 cm, Width: 28.9 cm maximum

Descriptive line

Centrepiece made up of three sections, in white porcelain, painted and gilded, possibly made in Zürich or Vienna, 18th century




Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Palm; Scrolls; Flowers; Dolphins; Head; Diaper


Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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