After a design by Elias Baeck (German, Laybach 1679–1747 Augsburg)
Pot and cover (.2a, b): H: 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm.); H. to rim 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm.); Diam. pot 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm.); Stand (.2c): Diam. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm.)
Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1943
Not on view
The tripod was used in early dynastic China (2nd–1st millennium B.C.) for offerings of food. During the twelfth century the form was adapted for burning incense. The eighteenth-century Japanese export version was freely adapted at Delft, Meissen, and Vienna, where its original purpose was ignored. By eliminating the piercing in the cover and changing the proportions, the incense burner became a bowl for soup or stew, reverting to the tripod’s earliest function in China.
Arnold Weissberger ; R. Thornton Wilson (until 1943; to MMA)