Info' carried out several interviews with foreign participants and organizers of the event. Today these creative portraits again remind us of the goals of the Vinogradov Readings, the conceptions foreign participants held about the Russian porcelain before the conference, and the expected outcomes.
What are the distinctive features of the association? It was established in Diisseldorf in Today the number of its members is more than including about museums and libraries both in Germany and abroad. We consider it our goal to provide both intellectual and material support to the scientific research in the field of ceramics. We do it particularly by means of the publications of the results of such studies and by organizing the visits to places of exhibitions of ceramic items.
To keep our members communicating between themselves, we publish a quarterly magazine, Keramos, with a broad range of themes. To support young talented artists working in the field of ceramics, we conduct the Richard-Bampi-Award and organize museum expositions of the award participants.
We are the single organization in the world supporting the art of ceramics on such a massive scale. What interesting and important displays and projects have you carried out, and what are you going to do in near future?
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Our last year meeting was held in St. This year we plan to meet in Schwerin. There we shall study numerous private and state collections. For this meeting we prepare a lot of reports on various subjects. Our GKF publishes this year three books in the field of ceramics concerning the Italian majolica and the Frankenthaler porcelain manufactory. The project is rather costly, and we are searching for funds for its accomplishment. We maintain close contacts with our members mainly via the exchange of letters. What role do they play in your life?
I was paying much attention to the ceramics since I was My wife jokes that I wake up with porceLain in the morning and go to bed with it at night. As much as my time schedule permits me, I work for different scientific projects in the field of ceramics. Just at the moment, I collaborate on a German publication of a work concerning the porcelain of the St.
Also I work on a material for the Allgemeine Kunstlerlexikon. Parallel to it, I am in the study of the possibility of the attribution to a particular time period of the porcelain of the IPM of the "N I" mark , which is depending on the appearance of this mark. Also, I work on the preparation of both reports at the Congress in St. Petersburg in November about the Ludwigsburg manufactory and the fakes of Samson.
Do you collaborate with such organizations? Please, tell a few words about some of the most successful joint projects. However, we must remember that only an 'elite' small circle of people has this passion. In the recent few years, the prices for the low and middle costing items went down, except for the Meissen porcelain.
This is a good period for starting collecting porcelain. It especially concerns such brand names as Hochst, Fiirstenberg, Berlin or Ludwigsburg, which can be purchased today at really low prices.
This concerns also a number of foreign producers, such as, for example, Capodimonte. In ceramics as in all the other fields of art, we observe the pressure applied by the mass media sources in favor of the modern art. I think that for many of the 18th c. Thus, in a few years, the Modern will be less significant and the 18th century with its classic porcelainwill manage to withstand this pressure and become again a favorite of the collectors' interest.
In course of the three month period, items produced by more than 45 manufactories were exhibited there. The items were provided by 61 museums from the whole world. Never before so much objects of this theme were gathered together in one place. The GKF published a 3 volume catalogue devoted to the event. What is your attitude to what you are doing? In this sense, I consider myself to be a dilettante.
What art pieces do you prefer? Initially, I was interested in the German porcelain of the 18th c. Now my activities concern the whole range of the European porcelain from 18th to 21st c. The period of the 'historicized' trend in art is of a lesser interest to me, for I consider it to be a 'plagiarism', which can be interesting mainly from the historical point of view. How do you make decision on a certain piece?
What shops and auction houses dealing in Russian porcelain would you like to mention? Is Russian Imperial porcelain is adequately valued? They often ask for my opinion in the field of ceramics. Especially when it concerns the Russian porcelain. Sometimes I write introductory parts for different auction catalogues.
In recent years, the number of the German auction houses were offering items of Russian porcelain. In Germany, there is a lot of the Russian porcelain, which got there thanks to the close dynastic relations between the countries.
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It would be too bald to state that the Russian porcelain both of the 18th and the 19th c. Being though inferior to the products of Meissen and Sevres in the 18th c. This fact is the reason of far greater prices of this porcelain comparatively to the prices of the porcelain of the other European factories of the same class. The situation here resembles that with the Chinese porcelain with the Palace mark, the collectors being ready to pay a great money for it. However, the 18th c. Imperial porcelain of the times of Czarina Elisabeth or Czarina Catherine the Great must be valued much higher, being produced exclusively for the needs of the Imperial Court.
So I think that the prices for this kind of porcelain are a subject to correcting. However, there is a strong competition among the antique dealers. Kandler was the first master, who produced more or less original sujets, which were later more or less exactly copied by the others. The porcelain marks of the famous producers such as Meissen were also copied to some extent in order to increase the turnover of the small manufactories.
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I totally rejects only the deliberate forgeries of the famous porcelain pieces made on order, such as the works of the French producer Samson. There are great forgeries, which can be detected only by an experienced expert.
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This is also because it is rather complex to produce the same quality of warm colored gilding, which is characteristic for the Imperial manufactory items. All members of our management board work on the nonpayment basis. We provide a certain financial support to the scientific studies in the field of ceramics, as well as to the publications in this field. Petersburg and its environs. What do you think about museums and art collections of the Northern capital?
Petersburg was one of the most impressive in all the history of the GKF, in spite of the fact that the collections of the porcelain in the Hermitage and in its affiliate museums, unfortunately, were inaccessible to us. During the preparation of the meeting, we received a lot of help and cooperation from the officials of the St. Petersburg museums and Imperial summer residences. Were you surprised to see some of them here?
What do you think about the pieces produced by the IPM and Russian private workshops? What is the most interesting in your opinion? So, before the trip, I had a definite idea of what the Russian porcelain is and hoped to improve my knowledge of the matter.
My hopes were not in vane. The impression from seeing numerous big tableware sets in the summer imperial residences in the St. Petersburg suburbs was great. It concerns big gala sets such as, for example, the Golden and Coat of Arms sets in Pavlovsk and the Guriev set in Peterhof.