Hard-paste porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze
Overall (confirmed): 6 x 6 3/4 x 6 9/16 in. (15.2 x 17.1 x 16.7 cm)
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201
The tripod was used in early dynastic China (2nd–1st millennium b.c.) for offerings of food. During the twelfth century, the form was adapted for burning incense. The eighteenth-century Japanese export version was freely adapted at Delft, Meissen, and Vienna, where its "original" purpose was ignored: by eliminating the piercing in the cover and changing the proportions, the incense burner became a bowl for soup or stew, reverting to the tripod’s earliest function in China.
Berta Floderer-Herzfelder , Vienna (1928–33) ; Anton Redlich , Vienna ; Hans Syz
Date: late 17th centuryMedium: Hard-paste porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamels over transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Kakiemon type)Accession: 1995.268.114a, bOn view in:Gallery 201