This vase is one of a pair acquired by M. Carey Thomas, the first dean and second president of the college, to adorn her campus home, the Deanery. The other is located in the Adelaide Neall Room. It consists of a footed base, body, and collar decorated with geometric and floral designs executed in a technique called cloisonné. In cloisonné decoration, small metal wires are soldered to a metal object creating compartments (cloisons in French), which are then filled with different colors of enamel. The enamel on this vase is primarily in tones of ivory, blue, rose, and green. The majority of the piece is decorated in abstract and floating floral designs on a colored background, yet a small section on the body appears to represent a landscape with several trees and flowers on a brown ground line. The acquisition of this piece by Thomas is consistent with the late-19th century interest in Chinese design as the economic and political relations between America and China changed and highly desirable Chinese goods became more widely available.
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- The cultures, styles, and periods characteristic of China. To specifically refer to the cultures of ancient Chine, use "Ancient Chinese."
- A technique of enameling in which the design is laid down in thin metal strips on a metal or porcelain ground, forming chambers (cloisons) to receive the vitreous enamel pastes.
- Vessels of varying shape and size but which are usually taller than they are wide, varying greatly in actual form and use. In modern usage, typically refers to vessels for displaying flowers. When referring to ancient art, often refers to any ceramic or metal vessel in a range of shapes and used to hold liquids, grain, or another substance.
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
The Deanery Remembered
Bryn Mawr College
, 5/1/1985 - 5/29/1985