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Roses and Dragons: The Fascinating Story of the Du Paquier Manufactory and Its Baroque Porcelain

Learn more about the exhibition "Imperial Privilege: Vienna Porcelain of Du Paquier, 1718 - 44" on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art September 22, 2009 - March 21, 2010. http://tinyurl.com/yjmulcr Listen to co-curators Jeffrey Munger and Meredith Chilton discuss the details of a delightful dessert table with culinary historian Ivan Day. http://tinyurl.com/yzrffny Fired by Passion: Vienna Baroque Porcelain of Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier, the publication accompanying the exhibition, is available in The Met Store. http://tinyurl.com/ylxgqr9 Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier saw an opportunity to establish his porcelain factory and flourish during the renewal of the arts in the High Baroque period in Vienna and its environs. Joined by several former Meissen porcelain factory employees, Du Paquier successfully applied for an imperial patent in 1718 from Emperor Charles VI, which granted him exclusive rights to porcelain production within the Hapsburg lands. Meredith Chilton, a ceramic historian based in Lac-Brome, Quebec, shares details about the Du Paquier traditions and talks about a number of works on view in the exhibition and in her recent publication Fired by Passion: Vienna Baroque Porcelain of Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier. A one-day symposium gathered leading international scholars to discuss a variety of topics related to the exhibition "Imperial Privilege: Vienna Porcelain of Du Paquier, 1718 - 44." The second porcelain factory in Europe able to make true porcelain in the manner of the Chinese was established in Vienna in 1718. Founded by Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier, the small porcelain enterprise developed a highly distinctive style that remained baroque in inspiration throughout the history of the factory, which was taken over by the state in 1744. Du Paquier produced a range of tablewares, decorative vases, and small-scale sculpture that found great popularity with the Hapsburg court and the Austrian nobility. This exhibition charts the history of the development of the Du Paquier factory, setting its production within the historic and cultural context of Vienna in the first half of the eighteenth century. The porcelain featured is drawn from both the Metropolitan Museum and the premier private collection of this material. The symposium and related exhibition are made possible by Eloise W. Martin and the Melinda and Paul Sullivan Foundation for the Decorative Arts.
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