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Go back nearly twelve hundred years to China and this was the period when the discovery of porcelain was made. Therefore the Chinese had one thousand years of experience before true(hard paste) porcelain was invented at Meissen by Bottger in 1708. Japan only began making its porcelain several hundred years later. However commercially from the end of the seventeenth century at Arita. Amongst the finest of wares that was produced here was the Kakiemon porcelains that were predominately made with multicolour designs predominately floral and sometimes seen with exotic birds and animals was influenced by visiting Dutch traders looking for wares that would attract the European Markets. The examples in this video represent some of the finest copies that Meissen produced. Particularly the hexagonal Jar and Cover also known as the ‘Hampton Court Jars’, King William and Queen Mary owned several of these while they lived at Hampton Court, hence the nickname. Like much of these early Meissen wares produced circa 1730 it was important aristocratic families who could either afford them or might have been given them as a gift by Augustus the Strong who was known to do so.

 

 

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