Couple Drinking Chocolate

Modeler Johann Joachim Kändler German
Manufactory Meissen Manufactory German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 538

The popularity of tea, coffee, and hot chocolate in eighteenth-century Europe is reflected in the prominence with which these beverages are depicted in porcelain figural groups. On this example, a couple drinks hot chocolate, as indicated by the chocolate pot—recognizable by the small hole in the lid—on the table. It is similar to a full-scale Meissen chocolate pot in the Museum's collection (see 42.205.136a, b). They drink from tall handleless beakers, a form of cup used for chocolate and coffee.

Couple Drinking Chocolate, Johann Joachim Kändler (German, Fischbach 1706–1775 Meissen), Hard-paste porcelain, German, Meissen

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