Berquin, circa 1900
Acquired by Queen Mary in 1924
The Royal Collection
Image Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
The vase is adorned with gilt metal mounts which hint at the coming Art Deco style. This was one of the many glorious objects collected by Queen Mary throughout her lifetime. She happened upon this piece in 1924 and added it to the Royal Collection. The curators of the Royal Collection simply and plainly indicate that the sculpture was “acquired” by Queen Mary in 1924, so, I have a feeling this was one of Her Majesty’s many, “I think that would look lovely at Sandringham” moments wherein she shook down some unsuspecting hostess for her bric-a-brac. God love her.
Today, the piece is still displayed in its original glass case upon its wooden, stepped base.