LECTURE: Porcelain Wars: the Rivalry Between Meissen and Du Paquier

Wine Pot, German, Meissen, c. 1725-28, Hard-paste porcelain, overglaze enamels, gilding, Gift of George and Helen Gardiner , G83.1.584, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada.

Wine Pot, German, Meissen, c. 1725-28, Hard-paste porcelain, overglaze enamels, gilding, Gift of George and Helen Gardiner , G83.1.584, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada.

The Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle presents “Porcelain Wars: the Rivalry Between Meissen and Du Paquier,” a lecture by Meredith Chilton, independent scholar and founding curator, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada on Monday, Jan. 11, at 1:15, at The Bruce Museum, Greenwich. Refreshments immediately follow.

The first two manufacturers of hard-paste porcelain in Europe, Meissen and Du Paquier, had a remarkable and yet fruitful rivalry between 1718 and 1744. This lecture will look at the early history of both manufactories and tell the gripping story of how secrets were stolen, personnel were poached, and spies were employed. Examining the output of Meissen and Du Paquier side by side will enable a fresh look at how each developed and sometimes influenced one another. Both the similar and highly distinctive styles employed by Meissen and by Du Paquier will be compared during the 1720s and early 1730s, followed by an exploration of the signature high styles of both manufactories. The lecture will end with some thoughts on why Meissen flourished while Du Paquier failed in the mid 1740s.

Meredith Chilton is an independent specialist in early European porcelain, dining and social culture of the eighteenth century, as well as theatre history. Educated at the University of East Anglia and Manchester University, she first joined the Gardiner Museum in 1983. As Acting Director and Curator, she worked with the team responsible for opening the museum. Subsequently, she became the museum’s curator, a role she retained for over twenty years.

Admission for non-members of the Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle is $25. Space is limited. Reservations required for members and guests by January 4th. For reservations and information: [email protected] The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich.

Wall Vase, Austrian, Du Paquier, c. 1725-30, Hard-paste porcelain, overglaze enamels, gilding, Gift of George and Helen Gardiner , G83.1.1220, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada.

Wall Vase, Austrian, Du Paquier, c. 1725-30, Hard-paste porcelain, overglaze enamels, gilding, Gift of George and Helen Gardiner , G83.1.1220, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada.

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