Tureen and cover

Austrian (Vienna)
about 1730–35


Object Place: Vienna, Austria

Dimensions

Height: 32.4 cm (12 3/4 in.); Width: 26 cm (10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2006.914a-b

Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with enamel and gilded decoration

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

Six-sided oval bombé tureen and massive domed cover, the knop modeled as a Dog of Fo, the base in one zone and the cover in two, painted with Chinoiserie figures as various pursuits divided by panels of trellis-work framed with gilding, the Dog of Fo with protruding red tongue, painted in purple, yellow, green and gold


The Viennese factory founded by Claudius du Paquier in 1718 was only the second one in Europe to make true, or hard-paste, porcelain. Decoration for table wares often combined baroque ornament, such as painted trelliswork panels and baldachins (or canopies), with elements inspired by Chinese ceramics-the overscaled knob in the form of a Dog of Fo.

Provenance

Otto Blohm (b. 1870 - d. 1944) and Magdalena Blohm (b. 1879 - d. 1950), Hamburg, Caracas, and New York; July 4, 1960, Blohm sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 191, probably to Edward M. Pflueger (b. 1905 - d. 1997) and Kiyi Powers Pflueger (b. 1915 - d. 2006), New York; 2006, bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 26, 2006)

Credit Line

Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection. Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger