The Frick Collection, New York

This is the Frick's first exhibition of Meissen porcelain, offering 100 examples from the Arnhold collection, one of the greatest private holdings of early Meissen porcelain put together in the 20th century.

Alchemist Johann Friedrich Böttger was the first in the West to divine the methods for creating porcelain, though they had been known for centuries in Japan and China. He was both imprisoned and patroned by August II, elector of Saxony and king of Poland, a passionate collector of Chinese and Japanese porcelain. Upon Böttger's success, August II created the Royal Porcelain Manufactory at Meissen, outside of Dresden, in 1710; many of the works on view represent the rare, experimental pieces created during this early period.

The Arnhold Collection was assembled in Dresden between 1926 and 1935 by Lisa and Heinrich Arnold (1885-1935) and in New York in 1940 by their son Henry, who made more diverse acquisitions. This personal collection, assembled over time and kept within the same family, recalls the Frick Collection itself, a fitting venue.

March 25 through June 29, 2008
1 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
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