The Frick Collection
Goya's Last Works
 
Special Exhibition: The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain
 
:: The Japanese Palace of Augustus the Strong: Royal Ambition and Collecting Traditions in Dresden

:: The Arnhold Collection: From Dresden to New York

:: The Royal Porcelain Manufactory of Saxony,
c. 1710–13: “Red Porcelain” Production


:: The Royal Porcelain Manufactory of Saxony,
c. 1713–50: The New Medium, Court Culture, and European Tastes


:: The Royal Porcelain Manufactory of Saxony,
c. 1720-50: Chinoiserie Style, the Marchands- Merciers, and the Independent Decorators


The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain, 1710–50
March 25, 2008, through June 29, 2008

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  Nicolas de Largillierre (1656?1746), Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, 1714?15, oil on canvas, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri (Purchase: Nelson Trust)
 

Nicolas de Largillierre (1656–1746), Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, 1714–15, oil on canvas, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri (Purchase: Nelson Trust)

Largillierre’s bravura portrait shows Frederick August, known as Augustus the Strong, as a military leader, attired in armor and pointing with his left hand to the depredations caused by his victorious army. Attached to his blue-silk sash is the Danish Order of the Elephant, which he had received in 1686. Augustus established the first manufactory for the production of porcelain outside China in 1710 in the town of Meissen, near Dresden.

Despite the imposing presence of the sitter, it is unlikely that Largillierre painted this portrait from the life. As a young man, Frederick August had visited Paris as part of his Grand Tour in 1687, when he had also been received by Louis XIV at Versailles. But there are no records of a subsequent visit, and Largillierre was never summoned to the court at Dresden. In all likelihood, the portrait of Augustus the Strong was commissioned when the sitter’s son, Prince Frederick August II, was resident in Paris in 1714–15. Largillierre painted a portrait of the young prince, today in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; as a companion to it, he executed the portrait of the forty-four-year-old monarch, renowned for his physical strength and his dynastic ambitions.

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The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain, 1710–50, was organized for The Frick Collection by Director Anne L. Poulet and Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, guest curator of the exhibition. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, published by The Frick Collection in association with D Giles Unlimited, London, available in mid-April in the Museum Shop and online at shopfrick.org.

The exhibition is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Arnhold Foundation.

 

 

The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain, 1710-50 Teapot, Meissen porcelain, c. 1725– 30, decoration attributed to Ignaz Preissler, c. 1725–30; 2001.468, photo: Maggie Nimkin Teapot and Cover, Meissen porcelain; c. 1725-30; h: 15.2 cm, without cover, to tip of handle h: 13.7 cm; The Arnhold Collection; photo: Maggie Nimkin Stand, Meissen porcelain, c. 1730, 2001.435, photo: Maggie NimkinCoffee Pot with Cover, Meissen stoneware, c. 1710–13, engraving executed in Dresden or Bohemia, 2001.449 (photo: Maggie Nimkin)