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Sugar box

Factory:
Vienna
Factory director:
Du Paquier period (1718–1744)
Date:
1720–25
Culture:
Austrian, Vienna
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 3 5/8 x 7 1/8 x 4 3/4 in. (9.2 x 18.1 x 12.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.268.298a, b
Not on view
Some wares made early in Du Paquier’s history reveal that the manufactory struggled to perfect firing and decoration. This sugar box has many firing flaws, including a warped lid and grit in the glaze; its decoration is also tentative, painted in the limited early palette. The casket form, which was produced in several sizes, was likely inspired by a silver model. The recumbent lion with a ragged mane is one of two lion-shaped finials made at Du Paquier.
Hans Syz (until d. 1991; to his sons, John and Stephan) ; by descent, John D. Syz ; and Stephan B. Syz (1991–95; to MMA)
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