Vase with opulent oriental painting in purple, black and platinum, H 53 cm
Vase with opulent oriental painting in purple, black and platinum, H 53 cm
Vase with opulent oriental painting in purple, black and platinum, H 53 cm
Vase with opulent oriental painting in purple, black and platinum, H 53 cm
  • Vase with opulent oriental painting in purple, black and platinum, H 53 cm
  • Vase with opulent oriental painting in purple, black and platinum, H 53 cm
  • Vase with opulent oriental painting in purple, black and platinum, H 53 cm
  • Vase with opulent oriental painting in purple, black and platinum, H 53 cm

Vase with opulent oriental painting in purple, black and platinum, H 53 cm

Flowers painted in an opulently oriental manner teem over this traditional covered vase in a splendour that is seemingly exotic and extravagant, yet it is a style that has been practised at the Meissen Manufactory almost from the very beginning. When Christopher Columbus set sail in 1492 with the aim of reaching a Chinese port town via the western sea route, he entered the words "beyond India" in the ship's log. Anything to the east of India was still referred to as "India Meridionalis" and "India Superior" in the early 16th century. Thus all porcelains imported from China and Japan for Augustus the Strong's collection were designated as being "Indian" and their flower and chimeric beast patterns as "Indian" or "Indies" painting. In the late 1720s, Johann Gregorius Höroldt developed the wherewithal for putting this style of painting to effect at MEISSEN®, too, with a broad palette of overglaze paints.
Just three colours are nevertheless all that Anett Gerner needed for her clever re-interpretation of the genre on this covered vase. Dark black iridesces through the glaze. Hushed grey and intense purple are painted over the glaze prior to the second firing. With a little imagination, a richly adorned silk caparison can be seen to afford a view over a garden whose lushly flowering plants stand out against the dense black of the night. It is this stark contrast that lends the stylised flower garden, taken partly from ancient graphic sources and partly from the author's own conceits, its modernity and expressiveness. Exquisite nuances picked out in platinum supplement the splendid pattern with sumptuous highlights of a kind only otherwise possible in the magic light of the moon.

SKU: 57A184-51114-1
Weight: 4860 g
Limited to 10 pieces.

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