Porcelain Wall Fountain

DATE:
1710–1725
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Porcelain, European design, velvet
CLASSIFICATION:
Furnishings
DIMENSIONS:
Wall Fountain: 16 1/2 × 7 1/2 × 5 1/4 in. (41.91 × 19.05 × 13.34 cm) Velvet Stand: 20 × 11 1/4 × 9 1/4 in. (50.8 × 28.58 × 23.5 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Decorative Arts and Design
LOCATION:
Wendy and Emery Reves Collection - Entry, Level 3
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection
OBJECT NUMBER:
1985.R.844.A-B

General Description

During the late 17th and early 18th centuries, ribbed wall fountains with matching domed covers such as this, along with their accompanying oval basins, were made and decorated by the hundreds at Jingdezhen (Ching-tê Chên), China. They were a popular item of everyday use among the wealthy in Europe, who washed their hands in them before meals. Most of the basins have not survived.

Since the wall fountain is not a traditional Chinese form, a model must have been sent from Europe for copying. Once the Asian versions were exported to Europe, they in turn inspired copies in tin-glazed earthenware manufactured at factories in cities such as Strasbourg, France.

Another fountain with this type of fluted body, also in the Reves collection, depicts decorative schemes featuring sea life (see 1985.R.843.A-C).

Adapted from

  • Dallas Museum of Art, Decorative Arts Highlights from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1995), 97.

  • Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1985), 190.

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