Tobacco jar

Photo: Susan Dirk

Tobacco jar

ca. 1745-49

The shape of this French jar was inspired by tall Chinese covered jars, but its use represented another exotic commodity of the period—it stored tobacco from the Americas. The influence of the German Meissen manufactory, often seen in early decoration on Vincennes porcelain, is evident in the Meissen-style flowers inspired by woodblock prints.

Soft paste porcelain
7 7/8 x 4 1/4 in. (20 x 10.8 cm)
Dorothy Condon Falknor Collection of European Ceramics
Photo: Susan Dirk
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


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Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Porcelain Stories: From China to Europe", February 17, 2000-May 7, 2000 (2/17/2000 - 5/7/2000)
Published References"Selected Works." Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 1991, p. 105

Emerson, Julie, Jennifer Chen, & Mimi Gardner Gates. "Porcelain Stories, From China to Europe". Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 2000, p. 193

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