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Wine cooler (one of a pair)

Mount maker:
Elias Adam (German, ca. 1669–1745, master 1703)
Date:
ca. 1735–36
Culture:
Chinese with German (Augsburg) mounts
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain; silver
Dimensions:
Height: 8 in. (20.3 cm); Diameter: 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.238.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 533
These wine coolers (see also 2004.520a, b) were produced in China for export to Europe. While the decoration is Chinese in origin, the form is western and is probably based on a silver example. The mounts by the Augsburg silversmith Elias Adam enhance the luxurious nature of the coolers and reflect the continuing appreciation for Chinese porcelain in the eighteenth century.
Marking: Struck on either side of one of the faun masks: [1] Assay mark for Augsburg (slightly mis-struck, most likely for 1735–36); [2] EA (maker's mark for Elias Adam)
S. J. Phillips Ltd. , London (in 1985; sold to Wrightsman) ; Mrs. Charles Wrightsman , New York (1985–2002; to MMA)
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