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Arts of Europe

The MFAH collections of art created on the European continent encompass artistic styles across the time line of history, from the ancient world to the Middle Ages, and the Early Modern era to the 21st century.

 
 
 
Rozenburg Den Haag
Dutch, active 1883–1917
Vase
1903
Eggshell porcelain

16¼ x 5¼ x 5¼ inches

 
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum purchase with funds provided by the Decorative Arts
Endowment Fund and the Museum Collectors, with gifts from
Mary Anne Phillips in honor of Mrs. Martha Holloman Porus;
Cecil and Sharon Griffin; and by exchange, Mrs. W. B. Sharp,
Miss Annette Finnigan, and the D'Oyley Art Gallery

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This extraordinary vase, made by the Rozenburg factory in Holland, epitomizes the reasons Rozenburg is considered the most exquisite of all Art Nouveau porcelain: a daringly drawn-out shape, impossibly thin body, and extraordinary naturalistic painting. Using a bone-china recipe developed in the 1890s, the factory slip-cast the delicate vessels in a revolving mold in which liquid clay was spun outward by centrifugal force. The process allowed for the handles of vases and spouts of teapots to be formed as one piece with the body rather than being cast separately and added on later. As seen in this rare large example, the resulting forms were attenuated, eccentric, and flamboyant.