Meissen Models for the Höroldt Chinoiseries

Meissen Models for the Höroldt Chinoiseries Facsimile Edition

Meissen (Germany) — 18th century

From the forefather of the European porcelain style: a unique "treasure chest" of European porcelain painting with over 1,000 sketches by Gregorius Höroldt

  1. A unique treasure chest of European porcelain painting by the famous Johann Gregorius Höroldt (1696–1775)

  2. Höroldt, who was from Jena, is considered to be the “progenitor of the European style of porcelain”

  3. More than 1,000 sketches including Höroldt’s own designs and submissions from his apprentices

Meissen Models for the Höroldt Chinoiseries

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Description
Meissen Models for the Höroldt Chinoiseries

A unique treasure chest of European porcelain painting: the so-called I modelli di Meissen per le cineserie Höroldt. Johann Gregorius Höroldt, active in Meissen beginning in 1720, is generally considered to be the most famous porcelain painter. He was a court painter in Meissen, which was the center of European porcelain manufacturing, and is particularly renowned for his “Chinoseries” – porcelain decorated in the Chinese style. The splendid motifs include plants, birds, and other animals, humans in exotic garments, and much more. It is no surprise that Höroldt is considered to be the “progenitor of the European style of porcelain.” This great art is brought back to life in the 1,000+ designs from his hand and from the hands of his students!

Meissen Models for the Höroldt Chinoiseries

The foundation of the first German porcelain factory in Meissen in the year 1710 sealed a success story that continues to this day. After the secret of white gold from China was discovered, one could now produce porcelain. With gorgeous, colorful décor for each fashion, Meissen porcelain has become a byword for quality and luxury.

The Greatest Porcelain Painter

One of the most significant personalities of this success story was the porcelain painter Johann Gregorius Höroldt (1696–1775). Höroldt, who was from Jena, was active in Vienna and was a court painter in Meissen from 1720 onward, and is considered to be the “progenitor of the European style of porcelain.” Höroldt rose to be head of porcelain painting in Meissen. Additionally, he developed other techniques for new glaze colors. As such, the famous porcelain painted was famous across Europe. Höroldt’s "Chinoiseries" – porcelain decorated in the Chinese style – made him famous in particular!

Chinese Scenes…

The wonderfully light scenes in the contemporary style of the chinoiseries are an expression of their time: Chinese motifs such as plants, birds, and other animals, humans in exotic garments, and much more in the Chinese fashion in art and architecture was particularly popular in the 18th century. These designs by Höroldt, who decorated the famous porcelain of Meissen – cups, vases, tea caddies, and more – some of which are still produced today!

A Priceless Compendium

These authoritative designs were recorded in the I modelli di Meissen per le cineserie Höroldt, also known as the Schulz Codex (after Georg Wilhelm Schulz, a businessman from Leipzig, who probably acquired the drawings circa 1900). 132 pages with more than 1,000 sketches from various hands – alongside Höroldt’s own designs, one finds exercises and submissions from his apprentices – make the I modelli di Meissen per le cineserie Höroldt a true treasure chest of chinoiserie décor. The students of Höroldt who are represented here are among those who measurably shaped the history of porcelain painting in Europe. The I modelli di Meissen per le cineserie Höroldt can thus be regarded as the most significant testimonial to European porcelain painting!"

Codicology

Alternative Titles
I modelli di Meissen per le cineserie Höroldt
Schulz Codex
Codice Schulz
Meissener Musterbuch
I modelli di Meissen per le cineserie Höroldt
Size / Format
3 volumes / Up to 50 x 36 cm
Origin
Germany
Date
18th century
Language
Illustrations
Over 1000 drawings and sketches
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Meissen Models for the Höroldt Chinoiseries – Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Leipzig, Germany) Facsimile Edition
Giunti Editore – Florence, 1981
Limited Edition: 400 copies

Das Meissener Musterbuch für Höroldt-Chinoiserien Facsimile Edition
Idion Verlag – Munich, 1978
Limited Edition: 1000 copies
Detail Picture

Meissen Models for the Höroldt Chinoiseries

Model for a Dinner Plate

Presented in a circle approximating the “well” (the bottom where food is placed) of a dinner plate, this sketch depicts a well-dressed, elderly man with a long moustache. He holds a hand fan and extends his right arm to reveal the wide, hanging sleeves of his robe and appears to be waving off a crane or some similar type of bird that is standing in front of him. Lacking a proper background, the outdoor setting of the scene is indicated by the presence of two plants and a small bird flying overhead.

I modelli di Meissen per le cineserie Höroldt
Single Page

Meissen Models for the Höroldt Chinoiseries

Vignettes in Various Stages of Completion

The figures presented on this page range from sketches with simple outlines to finished, realistic drawings complete with shaded falls of folds and the figures themselves casting shadows. Some of them brew tea over smoking stoves and serve steaming cups to one another while others walk hand-in-hand with children, hold babies, or nod off reclining next to a table.

Many of the elegant human figures make sweeping gestures and all wear hats ranging from simple caps and wide brimmed conical straw hats to pointed cones and feather headdresses. They are accompanied by cats and small dogs scurrying on the ground while birds and even dragons swoop in the air overhead. Numerous everyday objects add to the detail and realism of these vignettes.

I modelli di Meissen per le cineserie Höroldt
Facsimile Editions

#1 I modelli di Meissen per le cineserie Höroldt

Giunti Editore – Florence, 1981

Publisher: Giunti Editore – Florence, 1981
Limited Edition: 400 copies
Binding: Silk with printing on the spines, three volumes contained in a cloth slipcase
Commentary: 1 volume by Rainer Behrends
Languages: English, German, Italian, Spanish
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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#2 Das Meissener Musterbuch für Höroldt-Chinoiserien

Idion Verlag – Munich, 1978
Das Meissener Musterbuch für Höroldt-Chinoiserien Facsimile Edition
Das Meissener Musterbuch für Höroldt-Chinoiserien Facsimile Edition Copyright Photos: Ziereis Facsimiles

Publisher: Idion Verlag – Munich, 1978
Limited Edition: 1000 copies
Commentary: 1 volume by Rainer Behrends
Language: German
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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