Early 18th century
overall: 15 1/2 x 8 in.
One of a pair of identical beaker vases with flaring rims; covered with white slip; decoration consists of blue underglaze and rust and gilded overglaze; each has two main views, one of a dragon-like bird above a fence, and the other of a single bird flying downwards towards two birds on the ground; floral and scrolling decoration over rest of vase.
These vases were part of the furnishings of Gen. John Maunsell's house at 14 Broadway at the end of the 18th century. They were left by his widow in 1815 to her niece, Mrs. James Beekman, and were used in Old Beekman Mansion, East River and 51st Street until 1823, when they were willed to her great-niece and namesake, the mother of the donor.
Gift of Miss Margaret Mather Sill
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