Early Meissen Porcelain

Visitors to San Francisco really should visit this:

 

A Princely Pursuit: The Malcolm D. Gutter Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain, Glass Gallery 9B, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, 100 34th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121, until 3rd January 2016

Fragments of a bottle-gourd vase, ca. 1726–1730 Meissen porcelain manufactory.  Bequest of Malcolm D. Gutter

Fragments of a bottle-gourd vase, ca. 1726–1730
Meissen porcelain manufactory.
Bequest of Malcolm D. Gutter

Malcolm Gutter has been collecting porcelain over several decades and has built up an important collection, with a particular focus on Meissen. Among the pieces on show are early experimental wares and eighteen items from the collection of Augustus II (“the Strong”), Elector of Saxony and King of Poland who established the factory. He commissioned Meissen, decorated in the style of Japanese and Chinese porcelain which he also avidly collected for his Japanisches Palais in Dresden and both German and Asian wares are to be found in this exhibition.

Baluster vase, ca. 1722–1723  Meissen Porcelain Manufactory. Painting attributed to Caspar Ripp (1681–1726) Bequest of Malcolm D. Gutter

Baluster vase, ca. 1722–1723
Meissen Porcelain Manufactory. Painting attributed to Caspar Ripp (1681–1726)
Bequest of Malcolm D. Gutter

While some may think it is more than generous to loan your porcelain for an exhibition such as this it is in fact a “rehearsal” as Malcolm Gutter has promised the collection to the Museum. He is a very gifted and generous collector.

Beaker vase, ca. 1726–1730  Meissen porcelain manufactory Painting attributed to J.E. Stadler (1701–1741)  Marked with AR (“Augustus Rex”) Bequest of Malcolm D. Gutter

Beaker vase, ca. 1726–1730
Meissen porcelain manufactory
Painting attributed to J.E. Stadler (1701–1741)
Marked with AR (“Augustus Rex”)
Bequest of Malcolm D. Gutter

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