Meissen Models for the Höroldt Chinoiseries

Meissen Models for the Höroldt Chinoiseries

Meissen (Germany) — 18th century

A unique “treasure chest” of European porcelain painting with 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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  2. Facsimile Editions (2)
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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. This great art is brought back to life in the 1,000+ designs from his hand and from the hand of his students!

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 decoration 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
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)
Giunti Editore – Florence, 1981
Limited Edition: 400 copies

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.
Price Category: €€ (1,000€ - 3,000€)
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#2 Das Meissener Musterbuch für Höroldt-Chinoiserien

Idion Verlag – Munich, 1978

Publisher: Idion Verlag – Munich, 1978
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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