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Factory director:
Du Paquier period (1718–1744)
ca. 1730–40
Austrian, Vienna
Hard-paste porcelain
Overall (confirmed): 1 3/8 x 9 1/8 x 7 in. (3.5 x 23.2 x 17.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1950
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 533
One of the delights of Du Paquier porcelain is that areas of objects where embellishments are not expected or necessary are often decorated. This characteristic reflects the manufactory’s acute awareness of Baroque style, with its concept of fine craftsmanship enlivened by surprise. Both of these oval tureen stands are elaborately decorated on their bases, with interlocking strapwork reminiscent of the designs for French parterre gardens. The decoration was painted in enamels directly on the unglazed porcelain, another hallmark of Du Paquier.
Marking: Unmarked
Graf Alexander Esterhazy (by March 1904; on loan to the exhibition "Ausstellung von Alt-Wiener Porzellan" at the K.K. Österreichishes Museum für Kunst und Industrie [today MAK]; in 1925); Heinrich Rothberger , Vienna (by 1938; November 1938, seized by the Nazi mayor of Vienna; 1938/39, put in the inventory of the seized Viennese collections ["Zentraldepotkartei"] as Nr. 5 of the Heinrich Rothberger collection; October 12, 1940, bought by Staatliche Kunstgewerbemuseum Wien [today MAK] from Heinrich Rothberger via his lawyer Dr. Camillo Limpens and put in its inventory as H.I. 29.404, Ke 7739); Staatliche Kunstgewerbemuseum, Vienna (1940–October 29, 1947; restituted to Heinrich Rothberger, who probably sent it to Glüeckselig & Son, New York); [ Max Glüeckselig , New York, after 1947–March 8, 1948; sold to Wilson ] ; R. Thornton Wilson (1948–50; to MMA)
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