Imperial Privilege: Vienna Porcelain of du Paquier, 1718-44 opens today at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Wrightsman Gallery. The exhibit will be on until March 21st.
The porcelain factory started with Claudius Du Paquier, and became very popular in Austria. The court was known to own many Paquier pieces, such as plate-wear, tea sets, sculptures and other decorations. The exhibition explores the history of this porcelain, featuring pieces form the Met and private collections.
If you have a few minutes, be sure to check out this audio link from the Met on a dessert table display. It is based on a state dinner thrown for the future Empress, Maria Theresa. It sounds so fabulous I cannot wait to check out this exhibition! I know porcelain is hard to get into if you are not pre-interested, but the exhibit is aimed to peak interest! If you swing by let me know how it is. Don't forget, participating Museums nationwide are free on Saturday the 26th!
if the player does not work for you, you can download the mp3 here.