A Brief History
In China, thousands of years of ceramic experimentation led eventually to the intermixing of china stone and china clay to produce a new material - true porcelain. It was a strong material that could be molded to incredible thinness and miraculous beauty. Porcelain wares eventually emigrated from China to Europe to become objects of wonder, valued more highly than gold.The search in Europe to obtain the secret of true porcelain was successful only after hundreds of years of experimentation. Italy and France had made a soft bodied clay, but Germany received the laurels for the first production of European hard paste porcelain. Johann Fredrick Bottger, in 1710, under the patronage of Augustus of Saxony, developed the recipe for true porcelain at the Meissen factory. The secret slowly spread throughout Europe, with each country making its own interpretation adding to the beauty and romance that we know today.Vieuxtemps Porcelain has exhibited in Winterthur Museum's Country Estate's annual GardenFair in both 2005 and 2004.