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Beaker with Imperial Russian Arms

Factory:
Vienna
Factory director:
Du Paquier period (1718–1744)
Date:
ca. 1735
Culture:
Austrian, Vienna
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Height: 2 15/16 in. (7.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.60.240
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 538
This beaker, from a set that Emperor Charles VI (r. 1711–40) probably gave to Czarina Anna Ivanovna (r. 1730–40), includes the arms of six major Russian cities in its armorial panels, a subtle salute to Russia’s rising military, commercial, and territorial power. Charles VI made lavish gifts of Du Paquier porcelain to the Russian court, probably as a result of the alliance between Russia and Austria during the War of the Polish Succession (1733–38).
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