Special exhibition

13.11.2021–09.10.2022

FRAGILE SPLENDOUR

Masterpieces of Porcelain Art

Outstanding 18th- and 19th-century porcelains from our own collection are presented in this special exhibition. The most important manufactories are represented with both crockery and figurines—from the Baroque, Rococo, Classicism, and Biedermeier periods. The focus is on porcelain from the Thuringian manufactories of Gera, Gotha, Limbach, Kloster Veilsdorf, Volkstedt, and Wallendorf, as well as early porcelain from Meissen—the first manufactory of its kind in Europe.

Significant donations from recent years complete the presentation. In 2015, a collection of 330 items of precious early Meissen porcelain was acquired, with pieces painted by Johann Gregor Herold. Four years later, the museum received a collection of 36 exceptionally detailed painted plates from the Royal Porcelain Manufactory in Berlin, which come from a table service with botanical designs commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte for Empress Joséphine of France.

curation: Dr. Thomas Rudi

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Lidded cup with depiction of Glücksthal metallurgist Johann Paul Greiner, 1785/90. Photo: Esther Hoyer
Orpheus with lyre and hound of hell, porcelain manufactory Ludwigsburg, around 1770. Photo: Esther Hoyer
Cup with saucer, Fürstenberg, 1780/1790. Photo: Esther Hoyer
Urn vase, Fürstenberg, around 1780. Photo: Esther Hoyer
Cup with saucer Fürstenberg, around 1753/1780. Photo: Esther Hoyer
Soupière with saucer, porcelain manufactory Meissen, around 1740. Photo: Esther Hoyer