porcelain on fabric passe-partout | handmade | ramin wood frame | glazed | size 10 x 11 cm | biography
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Miniature porcelain picture "Frederick I of Prussia" (1657-1713), framed
The son of the "Great Elector" Frederick William and father of the "Soldier King" Frederick William I initiated the upswing of intellectual life in Prussia. Many buildings, especially in the residential city of Berlin, bear witness to his passion for building.
The miniature portrait is entirely handcrafted, transferred onto fine Thuringian porcelain, fired 2 times. The porcelain picture is mounted on a fabric passe-partout and harmoniously framed in a handmade frame made of ramin wood with veneered poplar root wood and glazed dust-proof. Size 10 x 11 cm. On the back is a biography with the most important dates of his life.
Ceramic product made of kaolin, quartz and feldspar.
Porcelain is formed by turning or pressing and figurative objects are cast. Complex objects have to be cast in separated steps and sections and then "assembled". After the moulding, the pieces are dried and "annealed" at about 900 °C. Next, the glaze will be applied and fired at temperatures between 1,240 °C and 1,445 °C. In renowned manufactures, the porcelain is painted by hand whereby each colour has to be fired individually and in compliance with narrow temperature tolerances.
Porcelain was invented in China and became widespread in Europe from the 16th century onwards. The first European porcelain factory was founded in Meissen, Germany in 1710.
Other famous European porcelain factories include Fürstenberg, Höchst, Schwarzburger Werkstätten, Lladró, Nymphenburg, KPM, Augarten, Sèvres, Limoges, Royal Copenhagen, Worcester. Individual factories label their products with their personal porcelain stamps so that for the collecter it is easy to identify their origin.