Masterpieces of the European Porcelain in the Metropolitan Museum

Plate with Yellow Flowers (Verbascum blattarioides) on a Dark Ground. Royal Porcelain Manufactory, Berlin, Germany, 1809–13. Porcelain, drawing. Twinight collection

In the beginning of the 18th century German alchemist J.F. Bottger disclosed the secret of hard-paste porcelain (pate dure) production. Several years later the scientist founded a small manufactory and in 1710 he produced the first porcelain in Europe. Within the next one hundred years Bottger’s revelation had an outstanding destiny and by the beginning of the 19th century there were dozens and even hundreds of big manufactories in France, Austria and Germany. The best of them located in Sevres, Vienna and Berlin made significant progress leaving the “Meissen pioneer” far behind. The experts of these manufactories adopted complicated formulas and technologies and learned how to make delicate, gentle and solid pieces of brilliant white porcelain decorated with intricate paintings. According to many connoisseurs, the creations of these manufacturers are the best porcelain works even nowadays.


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Spring Bergmann sales

Unknown master. Sugar-bowl. Moscow. 1790. Silver, gilding, engraving. Height 16,5 cm. Weight 288 g. Estimate €11,000. Sold for €11,500

The last auction of the series of Spring Bergmann sales took place on March 25. The German auction house offered bidders 1036 lots in fifteen subject strings. The auctioned collection featured two silver art pieces by Russian masters, twenty-two collectible toy locomotives, carpets, jewelry decorations (including the Faberge works) and attractive selection of porcelain.

According to the news agency «Russian Antique», forty monochrome objects produced at the Meissen porcelain factory were put up for sale in a separate string. The majority of those works were not preliminary estimated, as art experts believed that their true value would be defined during bidding process. For instance, a porcelain candlestick with three cupids at its base (1860) fetched €1,200. The cupids at the base of the piece (height 57,0 cm) are playing musical instruments. There are seven candles located at two levels. The candlestick has its own serial number marked at the base: G 194. The lot has already been restored.