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Counter box

Factory:
Vienna
Factory director:
Du Paquier period (1718–1744)
Date:
ca. 1730–35
Culture:
Austrian, Vienna
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain, gold
Dimensions:
Height: 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.60.252
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 540
This box held circular gaming pieces known as counters. Its lavish decoration extends not only to the top and bottom but also to the underside of the lid and the inside of the base, ensuring the delight of discovery when the last counter was removed. The rich decoration is enhanced by the superb gold mounts, and the correspondence between the upper mount’s profile and the scale pattern painted
below it reflects the care expended on the box’s production.
János Graf Pálffy ; Jack and Belle Linsky (until 1982; to MMA)
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