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Meissen Models for the Höroldt Chinoiseries Facsimile Edition

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The secret of the chemical composition of China having been discovered in 1709 (until then an exclusive perquisite of Chinese handicraft), the first European hard porcelain manufactory opened in Meissen, Germany, in 1710. Its most skilful decorator and painter, the accomplished J.G. Höroldt (1696-1775) gave his name to a style thanks to which the "chinoiseries" (fanciful imitations of Oriental models, in fashion since the second half of the seventeenth century) produced in Meissen, soon became the only ones to compete, in the Old Continent, with Eastern chinaware.

The so-called Schulz Codex is the celebrated collection of designs and patterns of Chinese subjects used until the end of the nineteenth century for the decoration of some of Meissen's most famous porcelain.

We have 2 facsimiles of the manuscript "Meissen Models for the Höroldt Chinoiseries":

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#1 Das Meissener Musterbuch für Höroldt-Chinoiserien

Munich: Idion Verlag, 1978

  • Commentary (German) by Behrends, Rainer
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Meissen Models for the Höroldt Chinoiseries: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

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#2 I modelli di Meissen per le cineserie Höroldt

Florence: Giunti Editore, 1981

  • Commentary (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish) by Behrends, Rainer
  • Limited Edition: 400 copies
  • This is a partial facsimile of the original document, Meissen Models for the Höroldt Chinoiseries: the facsimile might represent only a part, or doesn't attempt to replicate the format, or doesn't imitate the look-and-feel of the original document.

This limited edition book presents the reproduction in facsimile of the Schulz Codex.

A cloth-covered slip-case (size 36.7 x 51 x 15.5 cm) contains three volumes:

  • Vol. 1, XXXIV-134 pages, 16 plates;
  • Vols. 2 and 3, 132 facsimile plates with over 1000 drawings and sketches.

The plates are represented on a larger white background.


Silk with printing on the spines.

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