A pair of stunning vases arrived at the Capitol in 1918, given to the House of Representatives by the French government as an expression of thanks to the United States for its aid in the First World War. They were made at the National Manufactory of Sèvres in the early 20th century. The pair travelled to San Francisco, California, to represent France at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 before coming to the Capitol. The airy blue and green blooms floating on the surface of the pieces were created by a crystalline glaze technique. Standing nearly six feet high, the two vases have been on view to Members, staff, and visitors in a reception room adjacent to the House Chamber since the early 1960s.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Sèvres Vase,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2005/2005-023-002/ (February 28, 2021)
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