Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Table Bell in the Form of a Chambermaid

Factory:
Vienna
Factory director:
Du Paquier period (1718–1744)
Date:
ca. 1735
Culture:
Austrian, Vienna
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Height: 4 9/16 in. (11.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.60.237
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 538
This figure, modeled with a hollow interior, was equipped with a clapper that allowed it to serve as a table bell. The dress suggests that it represents a chambermaid, though the fashionable hairstyle and pearl necklace are slightly at odds with this interpretation. Producing a bell in this form, which may have been used to summon a chambermaid, reflects the playful spirit that appears throughout the manufactory’s work.
Inscription: Adhesive label: "SAMMLUNG/Dr. MAX STRAUSS/WIEN."
Dr. Max Strauss ; Jack and Belle Linsky (until 1982; to MMA)
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