Hallmarks of Du Paquier Porcelain

While the Du Paquier manufactory often took inspiration from Meissen and East Asia, it also developed its own highly individual decorative styles, forms, and techniques. A hallmark of the manufactory is its playful handles, knobs, and finials in the shape of animals — panthers, salamanders, fish — or small figurines. One of the most charming inventions is a barrel-shaped tankard with a handle in the shape of a cooper, a maker of barrels. The manufactory also mastered the challenging technique of piercing porcelain, seen on a cassolette and on a lemon basket. The design, which imitates pierced silver baskets, is Chinese in origin, as is the technique.

Perhaps the most characteristic element of Du Paquier porcelain is its brilliant painted decoration in a palette dominated by rich purple and pink, iron-red, violet, blue, yellow, brown, black, and several shades of green. Also popular was monochromatic painting, especially in Schwarzlot (monochrome black), which reflected the Viennese taste for austere grandeur.

The manufactory further distinguished itself with paintings of naturalistic flowers in exuberant colors as, for example, on the olio bowl, the pair of chocolate beakers, the slop bowl, and the tankard. Roses, peonies, ranunculi, and hollyhocks replaced the stylized flora of Asian prototypes, showing the artistic confidence of painters who created directly from nature. Lush flowers were often combined with fruits and small creatures, an approach that reflected the contemporary fascination with science and botany.

The signature of Du Paquier porcelain, however, was probably the richly ornamental patterns that resemble mosaics, known as Laub- und Bandelwerk. This decorative motif — consisting of symmetrically organized scrolling and angled strapwork, trelliswork panels, palmettes, and stylized foliage — offered infinite possibilities when used as a border, frame, or principal theme, as seen on the tea set and the table bell and stand.

 

  • tall porcelain fountain decorated with male figures riding dragons, and painted scene including building and boat on river

    Du Paquier Manufactory
    Fountain for Hot Water, ca. 1725
    Hard-paste porcelain
    16 3/4 × 6 × 6 in. (42.5 × 15.2 × 15.2 cm)
    Melinda and Paul Sullivan Collection

  • porcelain cassolette, or small cooking tool with handle and heart-shaped perforated sides

    Du Paquier Manufactory
    Cassolette, ca. 1725
    Hard-paste porcelain
    3 5/8 × 8 in. (9.2 × 20.3 cm)
    Melinda and Paul Sullivan Collection

  • colorful porcelain pitcher accented with a leopard handle, a male face at front, a chicken at the top and scene of mermaids, possibly

    Du Paquier Manufactory
    Ewer, ca. 1725–30
    Hard-paste porcelain
    H. 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm)
    The Frick Collection: Gift from the Melinda and Paul Sullivan Collection, 2016

  • porcelain tankard decorated with scene of a seated woman and man under a tree. The man is wearing a robe and grapes upon his head.

    Du Paquier Manufactory
    Tankard, ca. 1725–30
    Hard-paste porcelain
    5 7/8 × 6 7/8 in. (14.9 × 17.5 cm); diam. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm)
    The Frick Collection; Gift from the Melinda and Paul Sullivan Collection, 2016

  • two porcelain beakers with dual handles decorated with flowers

    Du Paquier Manufactory
    Pair of Chocolate Beakers, ca. 1730
    Hard-paste porcelain
    One beaker: 3 × 4 1/8 in. (7.6 × 10.5 cm)
    The other: 2 7/8 × 4 in. (7.3 × 10.2 cm)
    Melinda and Paul Sullivan Collection

  • tall porcelain bowl with handles on either side, decorated with flowers

    Du Paquier Manufactory
    Olio Bowl (missing its cover), 1730–35
    Hard-paste porcelain
    4 1/4 × 7 1/4 in. (10.8 × 18.4 cm); diam. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm)
    Melinda and Paul Sullivan Collection

  • porcelain hand bell with stand, decorated with patterns and flowers

    Du Paquier Manufactory
    Table Bell and Stand, ca. 1730
    Hard-paste porcelain and gilt metal finial
    Bell: H. 4 7/8 in. (12.5 cm); diam. 4 1/2 in. (11.3 cm)
    Stand: 1 1/8 × 6 1/2 × 5 5/8 in. (2.9 × 16.5 × 14.3 cm)
    Overall: H. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
    Melinda and Paul Sullivan Collection

  • porcelain oblong basket with perforated sides, and silver-gilt base

    Du Paquier Manufactory
    Lemon Basket, ca. 1730–35
    Hard-paste porcelain and silver-gilt base
    3 3/4 × 8 7/8 × 6 3/4 in. (9.5 × 22.5 × 17.1 cm)
    Melinda and Paul Sullivan Collection

  • porcelain teapot, cup and saucer, decorated in red patterns

    Du Paquier Manufactory
    Teapot, Tea Bowl, and Saucer, ca. 1730
    Hard-paste porcelain and silver chain
    Teapot: 3 1/8 × 5 1/2 in. (7.9 × 14 cm)
    Tea Bowl: H. 1 5/8 in. (4.2 cm); diam. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm)
    Saucer: H. 1/2 in. (1.4 cm); diam. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
    Melinda and Paul Sullivan Collection

  • porcelain tankard with man with hat as a handle

    Du Paquier Manufactory
    Tankard, ca. 1730–35
    Hard-paste porcelain
    With handle: 7 1/2 × 7 1/4 in. (19.1 × 18.4 cm)
    The Frick Collection; Gift from the Melinda and Paul Sullivan Collection, 2016

     

  • porcelain bowl decorated with fruits and flowers

    Du Paquier Manufactory
    Slop Bowl, ca. 1735
    Hard-paste porcelain
    H. 3 in. (7.6 cm); diam. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)
    Melinda and Paul Sullivan Collection