Cloisonné vase, Chinese, Qianlong era (1735–1796)
Cloisonné with copper, brass, and enamel, 42.5 x 25.1 x 25.1 cm
Collection of the Boston Athenæum. Purchase, 1875
Even before the MFA’s building opened in 1876, the Athenæum purchased decorative arts objects for the museum. This cloisonné vase, acquired in 1875, is an example.