Starting with the experiments that led to the discovery of porcelain in Saxony, Hugo Morley-Fletcher traces the history of the Meissen factory from its foundation in 1710.
He examines in detail the early porcelain and stoneware produced by Böttger und Tschirnhaus, the development of a decorative style by the Horold and Löwenfinck. The great Baroque services modelled by Kändler in 1730s are the subject of a special chapter, while another discusses the figure and animal modelling for which he was equally famous. A further chapter is devoted to the snuff boxes and other small objects which the factory produced with such skill and profusion. The factory's greatest period, from 1710 to 1760, is naturally treated in greatest depth, but the story is continued through the 18th and 19th centuries, and a special section discusses the early wares decorated by outside enamellers, or Hausmaler. The colour plates mainly illustrate pieces from private collections, many of which have never been reproduced before. A fine book which will appeal not only to every lover of Meissen, but to everyone with an interest in European porcelain. The author is a director of Christie’s, and is a specialist in European pottery in a European pottery and porcelain.
Published by Ferndale Editions London, 1979
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