A Princely Pursuit

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The Malcolm D. Gutter Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain

Edited by Maria Santangelo

Through tremendous grit and research, Malcolm D. Gutter has been forming a remarkable porcelain collection over several decades, primarily on a professor’s salary. Malcolm D. Gutter's collection of porcelain, comprised of roughly 170 works, focuses on early German makers, revealing the history of Meissen wares through experimentation and evolution. A Princely Pursuit presents more than one hundred significant pieces from the collection, which focuses primarily on early Meissen, particularly the royal collection that Augustus II (1670 – 1733) commissioned for the Japanisches Palais, his pleasure palace in Dresden, and the porcelain works he had imported from China and Japan.

In addition to reproducing many documented pieces from the royal collection, this volume includes numerous “collector’s stories” which capture, in Gutter’s own voice, his determined and painstaking hunt for Meissen porcelain around the world, as well as the legendary figures he has met and worked with along the way.  Pairing Meissen history with exemplary objects from the German manufactory, A Princely Pursuit makes an essential contribution to the field of decorative arts.

Hardcover with jacket, 272 pages, 120 color illustrations

Dimensions: 10 x 12 x 1 1/8 inches

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