Louis XV period Chinese lacquer pot pourri mounted in gilt bronze,
of ovoid form, consisting of a black and red lacquer box with gilded floral decoration. The interior is lacquered red. The body is separated from the lid by a gilded bronze frieze decorated with a reperced trellis motif. The handle and base are decorated with branches.
Second quarter of the 17th century
Europe's fascination with the Orient in the 18th century led to the importation of numerous objects such as porcelain, textiles and lacquer. This material, derived from a vegetable resin, was produced and used in China and Japan to make objects such as screens, cabinets and boxes.
Like porcelain, some of these objects were adapted to local tastes and fashions, with more or less sophisticated mounts, sometimes in silver, more often in gilded bronze. Diverted from their original purpose, boxes were transformed into potpourri by the addition of an openwork frieze to allow the scent of these perfume-enriched plant mixtures to filter through.
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris (inv. 31236) holds an object similar to ours, consisting of a melon-shaped box with similar, albeit richer, leafy branch ornamentation.
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