Wall plaque "Opulent oriental painting", 45 x 35 cm
Wall plaque "Opulent oriental painting", 45 x 35 cm
  • Wall plaque "Opulent oriental painting", 45 x 35 cm
  • Wall plaque "Opulent oriental painting", 45 x 35 cm

Wall plaque "Opulent oriental painting", 45 x 35 cm

When Columbus set sail in August 1492, he entered the words "las Indias" in the ship"s log, which essentially meant "after India", his precise destination being Quinsay, "the city of the Great Khan". It was China, not India, Columbus intended to reach via the western sea route. But the first maps of the world produced in the early 16th century termed everything to the east of India "India Meridionalis" and "India Superior". In the parlance of the 18th century, all porcelains imported from China and Japan were described as being "Indian" or "from the Indies". Once Johann Gregorius Höroldt had developed a serviceable range of overglaze colours at Meissen in the course of the 1720s, it became possible to copy items from the collection of oriental porcelain amassed by Augustus the Strong " founder of the Porcelain Manufactory. Designs from the Meissen school of painting incorporating stylised plants and mythological creatures are still often referred to as "Indies paintings" or using the German term "indianisch", though "oriental" would be more accurate.
A pictorial panel and dish have been subjected to a daring re-interpretation of the genre exclusively for the current series of limited-edition artworks: the black shimmers beneath the glaze, whilst grey and purple have been applied above the glaze for the second firing and enriched with platinum following a third firing. This is an unusual combination of colours for painting in the "Indies" style, one that looks very elegant and as a result imbues the two porcelains with an extraordinarily decorative aura.


SKU: 57A184-9M248-1
Weight: 4400 g
Limited to 25 pieces.

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