Although it wasn’t until after the seven years war 1756-63 when the Manufactory was taken over by soldiers and production suffered; this was also a period when other European and English porcelain factories opened their doors to the art of profiteering from ceramic making. As thus this was another reason Meissen lost its dominancy to the likes of Sevres in France and Berlin in Germany and Chelsea and Worcester in England. Yet Meissen as a company still flourishes today as do Sevres or Berlin. Nevertheless being where porcelain was born in Europe probably was why Meissen will always be seen as the most prominent of all European Manufactories.
However, go back nearly half a century and another factory would try to compete with Meissen with similar wares some of which are indistinguishable from Meissen. The person responsible was the Dutchman Du Pacquier who in 1719 started up his own manufactory by stealing two employees from Meissen he was able to replicate the Meissen Porcelain wares. However he was not a financial success. Nevertheless although his factory was only in existence for 25 years some of his earliest pieces are impossible to distinguish from Bottger porcelain albeit only by scientific means. However few of his pieces survive today and rarely turn up at auction.
The two large tureens towards the end of the video are likely to be by Du Pacquier.
The Meissen Man begins this video a selection of tea wares. Amongst the many Bottger designs is seen on the decoration the purple lustre effect as is on view a tea bowl and saucer. Also seen are the different designs on a number of wares by Horoldt including a magnificent Tankard with contemporary gilt mounts. Chinoiserie was very fashionable at this time and on many of the wares seen will have incorporated into the design an aspect of china normally in the form of men and women wearing basic clothing, exotic birds and animals and colourful flowers or in Blue and White as seen on these two large vases one with its cover circa 1722. Further examples of the very rare Bottger copies of the Chinese Yixsing wares. 80 seconds into the video is seen two large tureens one multicoloured the other in Black and White and a rectangular tea caddy that is most probably Du Pacquier. The video ends with two late Ming period Kendi’s.