A Princely Pursuit

The Malcolm D. Gutter Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain

Edited by Maria Santangelo

A Princely Pursuit

Edited by Maria Santangelo

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

256 pages | 120 color plates | 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 | © 2017
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9783777429847 Published July 2018 For sale in Canada, Mexico, and the USA only
Through tremendous grit and research, Malcolm D. Gutter has been forming a remarkable porcelain collection over several decades, primarily on a professor’s salary. A Princely Pursuit presents more than one hundred significant pieces from the collection, which focuses primarily on early Meissen, particularly the royal collection that Augustus II (1670 – 1733) commissioned for the Japanisches Palais, his pleasure palace in Dresden, and the porcelain works he had imported from China and Japan.

In addition to reproducing many documented pieces from the royal collection, this volume includes numerous “collector’s stories” which capture, in Gutter’s own voice, his determined and painstaking hunt for Meissen porcelain around the world, as well as the legendary figures he has met and worked with along the way.  Pairing Meissen history with exemplary objects from the German manufactory, A Princely Pursuit makes an essential contribution to the field of decorative arts.
Review Quotes
Tim Forrest's E & A
“The stories [Malcolm Gutter] so generously shares in this volume highlight what it is to be a true collector—the victories, the defeats and most importantly the ‘kismet’ when an object and collector eventually come together because that is the right outcome.”  
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