What do these two have in common? Well, the very grand fellow on the left is Augustus the Strong of Saxony (1694/7 - 1733), without whose obsession to perfect the manufacture of porcelain in Europe we would not have the little Cupid in Disguise figure on the right. The history of Meissen porcelain is fascinating and replete with true stories of a brilliant alchemist locked in a castle, industrial espionage, and a randy king whose obsession with porcelain was just one of the passions that ruled him. There’s a wonderful book on the subject: The Arcanum: The Extraordinary True Story, by Janet Gleeson. It’s a fun read even if you have no particular interest in porcelain.
On Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 1:30pm there will be a free lecture entitled Reinventing Porcelain: Celebrating the Meissen Manufactory’s Tercentennial given by Malcolm Gutter at the San Francisco International Airport terminal museum. For detailed information click HERE