Artist: Nicholas Sébastien Adam the Younger (French, 1705–1778)
Designer: Ange Jacques Gabriel (French, Paris 1698–1782 Paris)
Culture: French, Paris or Versailles
Dimensions: confirmed: 69 3/4 × 52 1/2 in., 3640 lb. (177.2 × 133.4 cm, 1651.1 kg);
historic dimensions, superceded: 71 x 53 1/2 in. (180.3 x 135.9 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation Inc. Gift, Charles Ulrick and Josephine Bay Foundation Inc. Gift, and Rogers Fund, 1966
Accession Number: 66.29.2
This vase, along with its mate by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle (66.29.1), was part of a set of four designed for the gardens of the royal Château de Choisy by the architect Ange Jacques Gabriel. None of the vases, however, was ever sent to Choisy. The Museum's pair was given by Louis XV to the marquis de Marigny, the marquise de Pompadour's brother, who placed them in his own château at Ménars, where they remained until the beginning of this century. The other pair, decorated with the attributes of spring, was made by Jacques Verberckt and is divided between the Musée de Louvre in Paris and the château at Malmaison.