Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Saucer with butterflies

Date:
ca. 1700–1710
Culture:
Japanese, for European market
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Kakiemon type)
Dimensions:
Height: 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm); Diameter: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain-Export
Credit Line:
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.268.205
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201
The gift of the Hans Syz Collection in 1995 endowed the Museum with nearly three hundred examples of European and Asian ceramics meticulously acquired by Swiss-born collector Dr. Syz (1894–1991) to chart the migration of models and patterns from East to West. Documenting a continuous process of influence and adaptation, these pieces provide a discriminating review of the nuances of stylistic change resulting from three centuries of trade.
Hans Syz (until d. 1991; to his sons, John and Stephan) ; by descent, John D. Syz ; and Stephan B. Syz (1991–95; to MMA)
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