Date: ca. 1700–10
Culture: Chinese, possibly for Dutch or English market
Medium: Hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions: Height: 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
Credit Line: Helena Woolworth McCann Collection, Purchase, Winfield Foundation Gift, 1970
Accession Number: 1970.266.3
The stepped, square-sectioned form of the taperstick is derived from late seventeenth-century metalwork, but this example—with its multiple stages and carefully zoned decoration—is probably based on a painted wood model.