Museum loses Meissen collection to recession

  • July 17, 2009 21:23

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An European version of a Chinese Shishi (half dog, half lion) adorns this richly worked Meissen plate from 1725-30 in the Hoffmeister Collection. Below is a copy of Dieter Hoffmeister's two-volume, silk bound catalog Meissen Porcelain from the 18th century - the Hoffmeister Collection. His book is much referenced by Meissen afficiandos. Image courtesy Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg.
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The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (MKG), Hamburg, is sad about July 31. That is the day the doors will close for good on the Hoffmeister Collection. The 400 pieces of exquisite Meissen Porcelain, which has been on long-term loan to the museum since 1999, is being repossessed by its owners, Horst and Dieter Hoffmeister. The brothers are not taking it back to use as their good china. They will be auctioning the collection to offset their losses from the worldwide financial crisis.

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