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Garniture of Vases from Augustus the Strong

Garniture of Vases from Augustus the Strong

c. 1728 – 1730
porcelain with painted decoration by Johann Gregorius Höroldt (1696 – 1775)
various heights

Gift of Miss Constance I. and Mr. Ralph H. Wark, AG.1973.25.1 - 5. Photograph courtesy of Brian Shrum.

This garniture, or set, of five vases originally was made for display on a mantle. The vases show various patterns, including one scene depicting the Chinese imperial couple seated and drinking tea. Overhead are a flying dragon and flying phoenix, symbols of the emperor and empress of China. This set was made for Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland (reg. 1694-1733), who founded the Meissen Manufactory in 1710. Meissen was the first European firm to unlock the secrets of porcelain manufacture, which had been made in China since the 7th Century.

The Ralph H. and Constance I. Wark Collection of early Meissen porcelain is one of the three finest and most comprehensive collections in the world. Ralph Wark (1901-1987) bought his first Meissen piece in 1922, and over the next sixty years acquired more than seven hundred pieces. Before World War II, Mr. Wark was a representative of the National Cash Register Corporation in Europe and traveled extensively on the Continent. At various times, he lived in Hamburg, Paris, London, and Berlin. Ralph Wark and his sister Constance, residents of St. Augustine, donated this unique collection to the Cummer in 1965.

Visit meissen.cummer.org to explore the Meissen Gallery. 

Visitor's Comments:

"At first glance I was not excited to walk into a room full of china. But then I actually stopped to look and there was a bear who looked like it was about to fight a dog on a tea cup. The Meissen is like a collection of comics. Each one is a story but in a most unlikely yet accessible dinnerware format." - Tony Allegretti

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Catalog Number: 
AG.1973.25.1 - 5. Photograph courtesy of Brian Shrum.
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Meissen Porcelain
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Manufactory
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1728 – 1730
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18th Century European Art
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The Ralph H. and Constance I. Wark Collection of early Meissen porcelain is one of the three finest and most comprehensive collections in the world. Ralph Wark (1901-1987) bought his first Meissen piece in 1922, and over the next sixty years acquired more than seven hundred pieces. Before World War II, Mr. Wark was a representative of the National Cash Register Corporation in Europe and traveled extensively on the Continent. At various times, he lived in Hamburg, Paris, London, and Berlin. Ralph Wark and his sister Constance, residents of St. Augustine, donated this unique collection to the Cummer in 1965.

Visit meissen.cummer.org to explore the Meissen Gallery. 

Permanent Gift: 
Gift of Miss Constance I. and Mr. Ralph H. Wark
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This garniture, or set, of five vases originally was made for display on a mantle. The vases show various patterns, including one scene depicting the Chinese imperial couple seated and drinking tea. Overhead are a flying dragon and flying phoenix, symbols of the emperor and empress of China. This set was made for Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland (reg. 1694-1733), who founded the Meissen Manufactory in 1710. Meissen was the first European firm to unlock the secrets of porcelain manufacture, which had been made in China since the 7th Century.

The Ralph H. and Constance I. Wark Collection of early Meissen porcelain is one of the three finest and most comprehensive collections in the world. Ralph Wark (1901-1987) bought his first Meissen piece in 1922, and over the next sixty years acquired more than seven hundred pieces. Before World War II, Mr. Wark was a representative of the National Cash Register Corporation in Europe and traveled extensively on the Continent. At various times, he lived in Hamburg, Paris, London, and Berlin. Ralph Wark and his sister Constance, residents of St. Augustine, donated this unique collection to the Cummer in 1965.

Visit meissen.cummer.org to explore the Meissen Gallery. 

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"At first glance I was not excited to walk into a room full of china. But then I actually stopped to look and there was a bear who looked like it was about to fight a dog on a tea cup. The Meissen is like a collection of comics. Each one is a story but in a most unlikely yet accessible dinnerware format." <strong>- Tony Allegretti</strong>
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Catalog Number: 
AG.1973.25.1 - 5. Photograph courtesy of Brian Shrum.
Permanent Artist First Name: 
Meissen Porcelain
Permanent Artist Last Name: 
Manufactory
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Add "c."?: 
Yes
Permanent Year: 
1728 – 1730
Permanent Period: 
18th Century European Art
Permanent Material: 
porcelain with painted decoration by Johann Gregorius Höroldt (1696 – 1775)<br />various heights

This garniture, or set, of five vases originally was made for display on a mantle. The vases show various patterns, including one scene depicting the Chinese imperial couple seated and drinking tea. Overhead are a flying dragon and flying phoenix, symbols of the emperor and empress of China. This set was made for Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland (reg. 1694-1733), who founded the Meissen Manufactory in 1710. Meissen was the first European firm to unlock the secrets of porcelain manufacture, which had been made in China since the 7th Century.

The Ralph H. and Constance I. Wark Collection of early Meissen porcelain is one of the three finest and most comprehensive collections in the world. Ralph Wark (1901-1987) bought his first Meissen piece in 1922, and over the next sixty years acquired more than seven hundred pieces. Before World War II, Mr. Wark was a representative of the National Cash Register Corporation in Europe and traveled extensively on the Continent. At various times, he lived in Hamburg, Paris, London, and Berlin. Ralph Wark and his sister Constance, residents of St. Augustine, donated this unique collection to the Cummer in 1965.

Visit meissen.cummer.org to explore the Meissen Gallery. 

Permanent Gift: 
Gift of Miss Constance I. and Mr. Ralph H. Wark
Permanent Quote: 
"At first glance I was not excited to walk into a room full of china. But then I actually stopped to look and there was a bear who looked like it was about to fight a dog on a tea cup. The Meissen is like a collection of comics. Each one is a story but in a most unlikely yet accessible dinnerware format." <strong>- Tony Allegretti</strong>
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