objet de vertu


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objet de vertu

(ɒbˈʒeɪ də vɜːˈtuː)
n, pl objets de vertu (ɒbˈʒeɪ də vɜːˈtuː)
(Art Terms) an object of virtu. See virtu
[French, coined by the British as a translation of object of virtu but literally meaning only "object of virtue"]
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In my own work, which is specifically based on the vessel, what I am seeking to achieve, what it is I'm really interested in, is elevating the vessel to the status of art object, in some ways similar to an 'Objet d'art' or 'Objet de vertu'.