The King goes nuts for it. Abstract: In the seventeenth century, the extravagant and greedy Augustus the Strong, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony, imprisoned the nineteen-year-old alchemist Johann Frederick Böttger and commanded him to discover the arcanum, the secret of making gold from base metal. . Price of Freedom -- Part 2. Painters plot to make lots of money. Who knows, you may become a porcelain convert! Instead, Böttger stumbled upon the formula for making translucent porcelain, another precious commodity previously only available from China.
Final Defeat -- Chapter 5. Even though I didn't think this book was terribly well written lots of hyperbolic anticipation that doesn't quite live up to its promise when the actual story is revealed , I was utterly fascinated by the glimpse into the science of porcelain and glazing as well as the floodlight on how royalty lived and behaved in the 18th century. Porcelain Soldiers -- Chapter 3. Since it was an audiobook, it also made the ride shorter. Porcelain was the 'white gold' of the Eighteenth Century, and being able to produce it would make any man--or King-- rich beyond their dreams.
It's a pretty quick read and at the end, you will know more than you ever thought there was to know about the porcelain wars. Buy the small book illustrated here--with the dust cover an embossed photo of a Meissen snuff box. Porcelain Wars -- Chapter 1. Guess Shakespeare wasn't the only bawdy playwright in Merrie Olde England. China Mystery -- Chapter 5. Crossed Swords -- Chapter 5. The people who become enslaved to reproduce porcelain of course they first say they'll make gold, but the story goes on to tell about the different individuals who found via science and cunning the secret to a highly prized commodity.
Flames of Chance -- Chapter 8. Having read one other I knew what to expect from her series of historical pieces. But for King Augustus of Saxony, who--smelling fortune--promptly imprisoned the young scientist, the arcanum for porcelain, or china, would have to suffice. Porcelain Palace -- Chapter 3. Gleeson traces the history and development of porcelain artistry from there by following the careers of the mean-spirited Johann Gregor Herold, an artist whose inventive colors and patterns set the standard, and the sculptor Johann Joachim Kaendler, whose fine work in 1730s Dresden would bring about a bitter rivalry with Herold.
Threshold of Discovery -- Chapter 7. Whoever thought that the history of porcelain-making in Europe would make almost a novel! Though somewhat hastily wrapped up, this is delightful historical narrative. November 2016 The Arcanum: The Extraordinary True Story Author Janet Gleeson Language English Subject History of Ceramics Publisher Warner Books Grand Central Publishing 738. Visions of Life -- Chapter 4. Long story short, I was just at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore enjoying their ridiculously awesome collection of 18th century rococo porcelain in all its teals and pinks and golds and corals ex. As a budding enthusiast of Meissen porcelain, I found this book enormously enjoyable and informative. As a ceramicist with a fascination for history and chemistry, I found this a worthwhile read.
Royal Captor -- Chapter 4. Like many other alchemists of his day, Bottger had once untruthfully claimed to have found the secret formula for turning base metals into gold. Last Journey -- Chapter 2. Interesting little fact: the word porcelain was given to this particular type of ceramic because it was so fragile-appearing and translucent that people thought it must be made of a type of shell called porcellana, a Portuguese word for pig or vaguely pig-shaped cowrie shell. Her narrative focuses on three individuals: Alchemist Johann Frederick B? Gleeson does a marvelous job of relating court intrigue, decadence, and chicanery; but her descriptions of 2,200-piece dinner services and the lavish banquets on tables decorated by porcelain finery, including an eight-foot-high model of the Piazza Navona with running rosewater, steal the show. Who would have thought that the story of porcelain would be such a rousing tale of wealth, intrigue and outrageous greed and gluttony? This might have been because I was listening to it rather than reading it myself.
In an all-but-abandoned German mountaintop castle called Albrechtsburg in the town of Meissen, a brilliant 18th-century apothecary and alchemist by the name of Johann Frederick Bottger discovered the secret for making porcelain, which was the next best thing to gold at the time in Europe. This book though is a pretty good look at how money really influences a lot in today and past society. Assisting , a scientist who has already been experimenting with ways to make porcelain. But salvation for the young alchemist would come in unexpected form. Transmutation or Illusion -- Chapter 3. It is a wonderful gift item for all men and women on your list. The Arcanum: The Extraordinary True Story 2000 About book: I will never again look at a piece of china or porcelain decoration without thinking of where it was made.
The romance--the unbelievable history--wild and violent--of the search and discovery of the magic clay, is riveting! From Publishers Weekly Who would have thought that the story of porcelain would be such a rousing tale of wealth, intrigue and outrageous greed and gluttony? A difficulty in reproducing what came from China during the period is what the book settles around. Scandal and Rebirth -- Chapter 6. The story of the intriegue and subterfuge involved in making porcelain was something I had never known in such depth; now I understand why it is so prized and collectable. Shadows of Death -- Chapter 2. Instead, Böttger stumbled upon the formula for making translucent porcelain, another precious commodity previously only available from China.
I am not surprised that the end of the 18th century ended in revolutions that overturned monarchies. I found the book interesting, but redundant in places. The Author makes it a very enjoyable book. Even is you have no interest in this area of decorative art, the story is fascinating enough in its own right to ensure a gripping and enjoyable read. But for King Augustus of Saxony, who? White Gold -- Chapter 9.