Set of three vases originally owned by Queen Marie-Antoinette elaborately decorated with scenes evocative of East Asia

Porcelain from Versailles: Vases for a King & Queen at the J. Paul Getty Center (until Mar 3, 2024) brings together two of the most extraordinary surviving sets of vases owned by King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette of France during the late 1700s. The vases are among the highest achievements of the Sèvres porcelain manufactory made before the French Revolution, becoming personal treasures of the royal family at the time. They were initially kept at the Palace of Versailles outside Paris, the royal family’s primary residence, and are a testament to the exemplary skills of the artists who took part in their creation. Separated during the Revolution, this exhibition reunites them, offering a rare opportunity to appreciate their design and craftsmanship.