New Book | Figures of the Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Meissen

Posted in books by Editor on April 23, 2022

Distributed by The University of Chicago Press:

Philip Kelleway and Tristan Sam Weller, Figures of the Enlightenment: A Catalogue of Eighteenth-Century Meissen from a Private Collection (London: Unicorn Publishing Group, 2022), 128 pages, ISBN: 978-1913491857, $45.

A compelling record of eighteenth-century taste through pieces of Meissen porcelain.

This book presents more than one hundred specially commissioned photographs of eighteenth-century Meissen porcelain from a significant private collection, illuminating what elite consumers of that era valued, aspired to, and found entertaining. With an expert eye, each object is showcased in the round and up close, highlighting all important features. Detailed entries accompany each item and an introductory essay helps to place them in their proper historical context. Anyone with an interest in the decorative arts of the eighteenth century will find this book a feast for the eyes.

Philip Kelleway is an art historian who has written widely on eighteenth-century porcelain, illustration, and landscape painting. Tristan Sam Weller is a photographer based in the United Kingdom.

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