The Politics of Porcelain: Fragile Diplomacy and Meissen Gifts During the Reign of Augustus III | Clark Art Institute | Lectures & Talks | Hudson Valley; Chronogram

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The Politics of Porcelain: Fragile Diplomacy and Meissen Gifts During the Reign of Augustus III

When: Sun., Feb. 24, 3 p.m. 2013

The eighteenth century was the age of diplomacy and of porcelain. At the glittering Dresden court, the first to boast success in identifying the Arcanum—as the secret recipe for "white gold" (true porcelain) was called—this rare princely prerogative was an unrivaled national treasure, setting the standard for all other porcelain manufactories founded in Meissen's wake. The high point of Meissen production was during the tenures of King Augustus III and his statesman, Heinrich, Count von Brühl, who promoted their political ambitions and flattered foreign courts with fragile porcelain gifts often emblazoned with the recipient's coat of arms.

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