Meissen to Tsarskoye Selo. 300 x 300 x 300
by the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve
Publication prepared by State Museum Tsarskoye Selo
St Petersburg, 2010
Number of printed copies: 1000
Languages: Russian, English (summary)
This booklet is based on materials for the exhibition Meissen to Tsarskoye Selo. 300 x 300 x 300, set out in the Church Anteroom of the Catherine Palace until September 2011. It is a remarkable co-incidence of the 300th anniversaries of Meissen Porcelain Manufactory in Germany and Tsarskoye Selo in Russia, which happened in 2010 and triggered this unique joint exhibition project, with three hundred Meissen items from the private collection of Mr Kurt Krockenberger (Remshalden-Grunbach, Germany).
Meissen Porcelain Manufactory is the cradle of European porcelain-making. It determined the development of European ceramics within many decades. For over two centuries, Meissen high-quality porcelains graced royal palaces and suburban residences of St Petersburg. Meissen vases, formal and everyday services, figures and sculpture groups served as indispensable interior decorations for the Catherine and Alexander Palaces since the mid-1700s. Unfortunately, much of them were lost during the Second World War, so this is a great chance to admire works of the leading European porcelain maker within these walls again.
Like the display, this booklet consists of several sections: Oriental and European motifs on 18th-century porcelain, Mid-18th-century porcelain modelling and shaping, Classical porcelain, Second-quarter and late-19th-century porcelain, and Art Nouveau and Art Deco porcelain.
The Foreword by Ms Elena Eremeeva, Porcelain Curator of the Museum, introduces us to the history and development stages of this largest European porcelain production center, while the beautiful and abundant illustrations to the most significant pieces of the collection, allowing us to see all the delicate and tiniest details of painting and modelling.
This publication is intended for readers interested in the history of porcelain making in general and Meissen porcelain in particular.