Food warmer with insert

Factory: Vienna

Factory director: Du Paquier period (1718–1744)

Date: ca. 1730–35

Culture: Austrian, Vienna

Medium: Hard-paste porcelain

Dimensions: Overall (confirmed): 15 9/16 x 6 5/16 x 6 11/16 in. (39.5 x 16 x 17 cm);
Insert: Overall (confirmed): 8 9/16 x 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. (21.7 x 10.8 x 8.9 cm);
Other (without cover): 11 in. (27.9cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Porcelain

Credit Line: Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964

Accession Number: 64.101.269a–d


This vessel was probably intended to be used in the intimate living quarters of a house, which, in the eighteenth century would have been far removed from the kitchen. The porcelain insert once held a metal liner where the food was placed. The heat source may have been a small candle set inside the perforated base. The decoration includes beautifully painted naturalistic flowers, trelliswork, and four figures holding either tankards or crescent-shaped pastries.