Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Table Bell in the Form of a Chambermaid

Factory director:
Du Paquier period (1718–1744)
ca. 1735
Austrian, Vienna
Hard-paste porcelain
Height: 4 9/16 in. (11.6 cm)
Credit Line:
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 538
This figure, modeled with a hollow interior, was equipped with a clapper that allowed it to serve as a table bell. The dress suggests that it represents a chambermaid, though the fashionable hairstyle and pearl necklace are slightly at odds with this interpretation. Producing a bell in this form, which may have been used to summon a chambermaid, reflects the playful spirit that appears throughout the manufactory’s work.
Inscription: Adhesive label: "SAMMLUNG/Dr. MAX STRAUSS/WIEN."
Heinrich Rothberger , Vienna (by 1907–November 1938; seized by the Nazi mayor of Vienna; 1938/39, put in the inventory of the seized Viennese collections ["Zentraldepotkartei"] as Nr. 9 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. 29.412, Ke 7747); Staatliche Kunstgewerbemuseum, Vienna (1940–October 29, 1947; restituted to Heinrich Rothberger, who probably sent it to Glüeckselig & Son, New York); [ probably Max Glüeckselig , New York, after 1947 ] ; Jack and Belle Linsky , New York (until 1982; to MMA)
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