(urth) dresden china exhibit

Ashley Crill ash_crill at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 30 16:09:33 PDT 2009

> Dresden china lays claim to being the first European hard paste porcelain.
> The story goes that an apothecary and his alchemist assistant reverse
> engineered the secret of hard paste porcelain, a secret which had been the
> exclusive province of the Middle Kingdom since the Tang dynasty. The
> apothecary died before the Meissen factory went into production, so the
> apothecary wound up with most of the personal profits. Wolfe doesn't mention
> this factoid in Peace, but it's a curious background item not much different
> from the Tilly/Smart partnership.

If you're interested in early German porcelain I highly recommend the Dixon Gardens & Gallery in Memphis.
They have a great collection of porcelain and pewter from Germany as well as a beautiful collection of American Impressionist paintings.
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