A Pair of 'Johanneum' Famille Verte Dishes

Centrally depicting two birds within a landscape scene of rocks, blossoming flowers and a tree, surrounded by a nine panel rim of cartouches enclosing various species of flowers and insects. Both dishes bear the incised inventory number N: 96 I from the collection of Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland (1670 – 1733), often mistakenly called a “Johanneum mark”, a term referring to the Johanneum palace in which part of the collection was shortly displayed. Augustus the Strong was perhaps the grandest collector of Chinese and Japanese porcelains amassing around 24.000 pieces, of which today more than 10.000 have been preserved. His fascination for this “white gold” was so great that he employed alchemists to find the secret of porcelain production, which later resulted in Meissen. The collection was inventoried several times during the eighteenth century, each type of porcelain being categorised by sort. The inventory number here is followed by “I” which denotes “Grün Chinesisch Porcelain” (trans. Green Chinese Porcelain) under which numerous famille verte porcelains are classified . From the late 19th century through to the mid 1920’s, duplicate items were sold through auctions, thus many pieces found their way to museums, collectors and the trade.

A Pair of 'Johanneum' Famille Verte Dishes
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China, Kangxi period (1662 – 1722)

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