Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Couple Drinking Chocolate

Modeler:
Johann Joachim Kändler (German, Fischbach 1706–1775 Meissen)
Factory:
Meissen Manufactory (German, 1710–present)
Date:
ca. 1744
Culture:
German, Meissen
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Height: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.60.326
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.
Jack and Belle Linsky (until 1982; to MMA)
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