Imperial Privilege

The exhibition is made possible by Eloise W. Martin and the Melinda and Paul Sullivan Foundation for the Decorative Arts.

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Special Exhibition—Imperial Privilege: Vienna Porcelain of Du Paquier, 1718–44

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Co-curators Jeffrey Munger and Meredith Chilton discuss the details of a delightful dessert table—created in conjunction with the Du Paquier exhibition—with culinary historian Ivan Day.

Imperial Privilege

Vienna Porcelain of Du Paquier,

September 22, 2009–March 21, 2010

Accompanied by a publication

The second porcelain factory in Europe able to make true porcelain in the manner of the Chinese was established in Vienna in 1718. Founded by Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier, the small porcelain enterprise developed a highly distinctive style that remained Baroque in inspiration throughout the history of the factory, which was taken over by the State in 1744. Du Paquier produced a range of tablewares, decorative vases, and small-scale sculpture that found great popularity with the Hapsburg court and the Austrian nobility. This exhibition charts the history of the development of the Du Paquier factory, setting its production within the historic and cultural context of Vienna in the first half of the eighteenth-century. The featured porcelain is drawn from both the Metropolitan Museum and the premier private collection of this material.