Food warmer with insert

Manufactory Vienna
Factory director Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier period Austrian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 533

This vessel was probably intended to be used in the intimate living quarters of a house, which, in the eighteenth century would have been far removed from the kitchen. The porcelain insert once held a metal liner where the food was placed. The heat source may have been a small candle set inside the perforated base. The decoration includes beautifully painted naturalistic flowers, trelliswork, and four figures holding either tankards or crescent-shaped pastries.

Food warmer with insert, Vienna, Hard-paste porcelain decoated in polychrome enamels, gold, Austrian, Vienna

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