MEISSEN meets Martin Suter
  • Martin Suter’s latest crime novel features Meissen Porcelain with an erotic touch and an air of mystery.
    Swiss author Martin Suter is known, among other literary achievements, for his bestselling crime novels that tell the amusing tales Allmen, a gentleman crook, and Carlos, his assistant. For the fifth instalment in the series, a story involving sexy Meissen-made porcelain figurines draws an intriguing parallel between lovers of art and the art of love. We spoke to Suter about his work, and why Meissen porcelain was the perfect framework within which to set his story.
“I figured that reputed modeller Johann Joachim Kändler (1706-1775) would have been most likely to create something like what I had imagined”
  • MEISSEN: Why did you opt to feature Meissen Porcelain in your latest novel?
    Martin Suter: The story is about a secret collection of very special porcelain figures. Based on my research, I figured that reputed modeller Johann Joachim Kändler (1706-1775) would have been most likely to create something like what I had imagined to a highly artistic level of quality. And he, of course, only worked for the Meissen manufactory.

    M: Where did you get the idea to feature erotic Meissen Porcelain?
    MS: I was looking for art objects that, if lost, the owner wouldn’t call the police over. And I found some that would indeed be too embarrassing to mention.

    M: You have a real detailed knowledge of Meissen Porcelain – in particular erotic porcelain. How did you research so thoroughly?
    MS: Mostly online. I couldn’t actually prove that there were erotic Meissen Porcelain pieces in the Rococo era, but I’d be hugely surprised if there weren’t…

    M: Where does your knowledge of the porcelain market, and prices and values come from?
    MS: A mix of research and fantasy.

    M: Do you have a favourite Meissen Porcelain piece? Do you own anything yourself?
    MS: I don’t… but I’d love to get my hands on an indiscreet harlequin.