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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Painted decoration on a white porcelain plate presents a vase with flowers probably standing on some floor or terrace; on the background there are two small walls, as if they were part of a garden. Floral motives decorate the plate’s collar; some flowers are located in three elongated rings. It is our treasure because it belonged to the King of Poland - - August Strong.

History of the Object
This plate belonged once to an excellent collector, the King of Poland - August II, one of the greatest porcelain collectors of the 18th century. (On the back there is a sign “Johanneum: N: 136./+) The king’s collecting activity had underlined his prestige. After the king’s death, his collection of ceramics was partly placed in the cellars of the never-completed Japanese Palace in Drezno. Some of the objects were placed also in the king’s residence near Warsaw – in Wilanow. The title Imari derives from the name of a Japanese town, from where transport to Europe was organized. In Japan, this type of object was called brocade porcelain, and was generally produced for the European market.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Porcelain, glaze, painted with cobalt, gold and red colors on a glaze 
Measurements
26,1 x 3,1 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan; Arita 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century; 1700 circa 
Function
Decorative/for collection 
Acquisition
This object derives from a large collection of the famous Polish collector, Tadeusz Wierzejski (1892 – 1974) who handed down this ceramic to the museum in 1966. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
District Museum, Torun 
Museum
District Museum, Torun 
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