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c. 1885
Edmond Lachenal (French, 1855–1930)

In addition to small and large Japanese-inspired plaques, Edmond Lachenal also produced fanciful vases and sculptural objects such as this container shaped like a bottle gourd—a durable, preindustrial vessel for holding liquids. Known in Japan as a hyotan, the gourd is a symbol of longevity and success. Lachenal decorated the vase with bold, flowing colors inspired by Japanese glazes and with two wonderful, snarling winged dragons.

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