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From the earliest days of porcelain manufacture in Europe, the idea existed of portraying human figures, animals and birds modeled in porcelain. Any manufacturer if it were to survive would have to enable the technique to do this, as it would become an important and commercial part of a factory’s production.

 Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland (1694-1733),who, was a dedicated but obsessive collector, had by the beginning of the 18th century created  a formidable collection of the delicate Chinese blue and white, hard-paste porcelain known to Europeans as “White Gold”. Böttger, who was working at the time with his mentor Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus (1651-1708), convinced his King that he could improve his collection by employing him because he had found the formulae for ‘The Arcanum”, turning stone into gold. This is how the story of the founding of the Meissen manufactory began. Of course, Böttger had no idea how to turn stone into gold, but he did invent the hard paste porcelain that was to become Meissen and without him, the greatest story in history of porcelain making in the west would never have begun and Augustus the Strong would never have created the greatest collection of all time! 

 

The following is a chronological list of the many artists and modellers (together with items they modelled and painted)  that were employed at the manufactory from 1710 to the end of the 20th century. 

Andresen, Romanus 1874-1926

Bochmann, Max 1874-1942

Gross, Karl 1869-1934

Hentschel, Konrad 1872-1907

Hermann, Fritz 1873-1948

Hirt, Professor

Hösel, Erich Oskar 1869-1953

Lange, Arthur 1875-1929

Öhler, Emmerich Volkmar b.1881

Pässler, Otto b.1869

Pollack, Dr. Professor Pilz, Otto 1876-1934

Pollack, Dr. Professor

Zügel, Willy 1870-1916

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