Vase (Urbino-Vase mit Schlangenhenkel)On Display

The term “biscuit” describes unglazed porcelain, which has been fired only once. Sometimes the unglazed ceramic body is left that way, as with this large vase, because it enhances the decorative value of an object. Otherwise, the biscuit piece can be glazed, decorated, and fired again. The phrase “on the biscuit” is often used with reference to enamel decoration that has been applied directly to the biscuit porcelain as opposed to a previously applied glaze.

  • About 1860
  • 18 7/8 x 9 1/4 x 7 3/8 in. (47.9 x 23.5 x 18.7 cm)
  • 2005.18
  • Museum purchase with funds provided by the Elliott Tuttle Williams, Jr. family, by exchange
  • Ex collection of a German noble family, sold in Amsterdam in The Collection of the Late Charlotte von Prybram-Gladona sale (Feb. 15-16, 2005), lot. 518.