Beaker with Imperial Russian Arms

Manufactory Vienna
Factory director Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier period Austrian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 538

This beaker, from a set that Emperor Charles VI (r. 1711–40) probably gave to Czarina Anna Ivanovna (r. 1730–40), includes the arms of six major Russian cities in its armorial panels, a subtle salute to Russia’s rising military, commercial, and territorial power. Charles VI made lavish gifts of Du Paquier porcelain to the Russian court, probably as a result of the alliance between Russia and Austria during the War of the Polish Succession (1733–38).

Beaker with Imperial Russian Arms, Vienna, Hard-paste porcelain, Austrian, Vienna

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