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Vase, One of a Pair, John Adams

Decorative Arts and Design

Depicted on this vase by an unknown French maker is John Adams, the second president of the United States and an ardent supporter of the antislavery movement. Although George Washington and subsequent American presidents utilized slave labor in their households, Adams rejected the practice and instead hired and compensated white and free Black workers for their labor.
MAKER Unknown
MEDIUM Porcelain, overglaze enamel, gilt
  • Possible Place Made: Paris, France
  • DATES ca. 1826–1830
    DIMENSIONS 17 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 7 in. (44.5 x 24.1 x 17.8 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One of pair of Sevres vases, Empire form, porcelain, gold ground with portrait on one side, conventional design of banding with medallion on opposite side, scroll handles, square base with circle and leaf decoration. Portrait of John Adams seated at table with green curtains in background. Condition: Good
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Unknown. Vase, One of a Pair, John Adams, ca. 1826–1830. Porcelain, overglaze enamel, gilt, 17 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 7 in. (44.5 x 24.1 x 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 47.19.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 47.19.1_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 47.19.1_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2020
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