Beaker and saucer, Hard-paste porcelain, Chinese, for European market

Beaker and saucer

ca. 1700
Chinese, for European market
Hard-paste porcelain
Height (beaker .21): 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm);
Diameter (saucer .22): 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
Credit Line:
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.268.21, .22
Not on view
Cups of various forms decorated with a solid brown glaze on the exterior and cobalt-blue designs on the interior were a common type of export porcelain. The tall beaker form was for coffee or possibly hot chocolate. This type of export porcelain was known as Batavian ware, after the trading station at Batavia used by the Dutch East India Company, the most important trading firm in the late seventeenth century.
Hans Syz (until d. 1991; to his sons, John and Stephan) ; by descent, John D. Syz ; and Stephan B. Syz (1991–95; to MMA)