The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 533
The large number of beakers without handles or with one or two handles made by Du Paquier were likely used for chocolate and coffee. Records show that they were purchased by members of the nobility as well as by coffeehouse owners and Turkish merchants. This beautifully decorated beaker bears the coats of arms of Count Johann Anton Ernst von Gurland, imperial councilor and high commissioner of the Provincial Estates, and his wife. It must have been made before the count’s death in 1728.