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Vase and Lid, c. 1715

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Johann Friedrich Böttger German, 1682-1719 Vase and Lid, c. 1715 Porcelain, 9 high Gift of Miss Constance I. And Mr. Ralph H. Wark AG 1965.36.25 Considered so precious that it was referred to as "white gold," porcelain was highly prized in European court society in the eighteenth century. Porcelain manufacture was a carefully guarded secret of the Orient. After reports of the quality and luminosity of Chinese porcelain reached Europe, efforts were made to replicate the East Asian product. After many failures, true porcelain was produced in Meissen, a small town near Dresden, Germany. In 1710, the Royal Saxon Porcelain Manufacture was established in Albrechtsburg Castle in Meissen under the patronage of Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland (1670-1733). Johann Friedrich Böttger (1682-1719) became the first manager of the porcelain studio and was instrumental in the invention and development of early Meissen porcelain manufacture.

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