• Duck-shaped butter dish
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Duck-shaped butter dish

2nd half of the 18th century
Object type
underglaze paint, painting, , firing, modelling
11.5 x 9.8 x 7.0 cm
Acquisition date
Not on display
Marks and inscriptions
signed at the bottom, on the unglazed surface, in blue paint, with the mark of two crossed swords
Place of Origin
Meissen (Germany)
The Royal Łazienki
Acquisition name
Museum number
ŁKr 1501
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This small porcelain duck looks like a toy, but it is not, nor is it a trinket that
can be placed on a shelf or a mantelpiece. It is a container used to store butter. Butter dishes in the shape of birds, which were both modelled and painted in a naturalistic manner, were popular and highly sought after pieces of eighteenth-century tableware. These type of dishes and also porcelain figurines were used in sets or in pairs as tableware – in this case a duck and drake. The butter dish, depicting a drake, consists of a container in the body of the duck and a lid formed from the wings. It was produced by the famous Meissen porcelain manufactory and the German sculptor Johann Joachim Kändler, the chief model maker at Meissen, is considered to be the author of the first such containers.[A.Czarnecka]