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Sugar box

Factory director:
Du Paquier period (1718–1744)
ca. 1730–35
Austrian, Vienna
Hard-paste porcelain
H. 4-1/8 in. (10.5 cm.); L. 5-3/16 in. (13.2 cm.)
Credit Line:
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.268.297a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 533
The Du Paquier manufactory made sugar boxes in four basic shapes, including this oval, which is also known in Meissen porcelain and likely was influenced by Baroque silver. Surviving Du Paquier tea, chocolate, and coffee services always have sugar boxes but never milk jugs, an indication that the Viennese preferred their tea sweetened but without milk.
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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