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Food warmer with insert

Factory director:
Du Paquier period (1718–1744)
ca. 1730–35
Austrian, Vienna
Hard-paste porcelain
Overall (confirmed): 15 9/16 x 6 5/16 x 6 11/16 in. (39.5 x 16 x 17 cm); Insert: Overall (confirmed): 8 9/16 x 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. (21.7 x 10.8 x 8.9 cm); Other (without cover): 11 in. (27.9cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
Accession Number:
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.
Marking: Unmarked
Irwin Untermyer (until 1964; to MMA)
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