Germany’s Meissen porcelain manufactory was established by royal decree in 1710 and became the first European factory to successfully produce hard-paste porcelain. This exhibition focuses on Meissen’s well-known animal figurines. Meissen’s artists were influenced by the Art Nouveau movement—which was taking place in Europe at the turn of the 19th century—and incorporated the movement’s aesthetics into everything from teacups to figurines. During this time, the artists mastered both the techniques of inglazing —in which paint is applied before glazing—and overglazing—in which decoration is applied to an existing layer of glaze before re-firing—allowing them to produce a rich palette of subtle shades.
Production of animal-themed artwork spans the history of art throughout the world. Some works, historically, are sculpted or drawn as symbols, while others are simply representative, conveying the intrinsically charming nature of animals. Meissen’s work is no less diverse. The patterns and details of Meissen’s animal pieces, especially during the Art Nouveau movement, masterfully depict the liveliness of animals with realism and grace. In this exhibition, the Art Nouveau pieces take center stage. Meissen’s sculpture and decoration are presented as never before, among a display of porcelain and stoneware accompanied by catalogues and other written documents.
An exhibition dedicated to Meissen’s animal figures!
This exhibition features exquisitely rendered, graceful depictions of animals-- both in series of figurines (such as Reynard the Fox and Monkey Orchestra) and as images painted on vases and dishware.
Most pieces displayed for the first time
Ninety percent of the pieces in this exhibition will be on exhibit for the first time ever. Many belong to private collections and may never be displayed for the public again. Don’t miss your chance!
Of a total of 120 works, 80% are figurines
Meissen is known for its fine tableware, but the same high quality is evident in this exhibition’s animal figurines. Visitors will be able to fully appreciate Meissen’s remarkable sculpting craftsmanship.