Fritzsche Porcelain Collection
Fritzsche Porcelain Collection
Porcelain, French—18th century—Pictorial works | Porcelain, French—Private collections | Porcelain, French—Vincennes—18th century—Slide collections | Porcelain, French—Sèvres—18th century—Slide collections | Vincennes porcelain—18th century—Pictorial works | Sèvres porcelain—18th century—Pictorial works | Slides (Photography)—Private collections | Fritzsche, Ulrich—Art collections—Pictorial works | Ceramic tableware—France—18th century
The Fritzsche Porcelain Collection showcases 95 digitized slides, taken by photographer Ted D’Arms, which serve as a visual documentation of the Dr. Ulrich and Stella Fritzsche Collection of French porcelain. This collection, which the Fritzsches assembled from the 1970s through the 1990s, consisted of eighteenth-century porcelain masterpieces created by the Vincennes and Sèvres Porcelain Manufactories. Several of these pieces are now in the Seattle Art Museum collection, while others are in museums and collections around the world. In addition to the digitized slides, the collection includes Dr. Fritzsche’s Collector’s Notes. The Fritzsche Library on Decorative Arts is a related resource comprised of books and research materials donated by Dr. Fritzsche to SAM Bullitt Library. See also the parallel exhibit, the Fritzsche Porcelain Exhibit, which highlights the history and significance of the objects documented in this slide collection, covering topics such as color, décor, teacup shapes, biographies of the porcelain painters and gilders, and porcelain marks. The exhibit also includes an overview of the Fritzsches’ approach to collecting, based on an interview conducted with Dr. Ulrich and Stella Fritzsche in 2019: https://samlibraries.omeka.net/exhibits/show/fritzsche-collection.
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31 May 2020
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Dr. Ulrich and Stella Fritzsche Collection, a slide collection of objects created by the Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory and the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, ca. 1750–1793, in Seattle Art Museum Libraries: Digital Collections, accompanying notes written by Kirsten Painter,
In this document, Dr. Ulrich Fritzsche recounts the details of every object in his collection, including provenance and historical notes. Please be aware that the notes are sic and have not been proofread.
Mark for Plate with Partridge Eye Décor and Buffon Birds (assiette, œil de perdrix, oiseaux Buffon, slide 59)
35mm color slide of a porcelain mark for the plate in Slide 59. The mark is for Charles-Nicolas Dodin (1734–1803; active 1754–1802), a painter whose “meticulous technique” was “unrivalled” at the porcelain factory (Savill 1988, 3:1029–30). The number…
35mm color slide of a plate (Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory). Its rim has a green ground color with “partridge eye” decoration (œil de perdrix), which consists of white circles framed by colored dots, each highlighted by a prominent gilded dot at the…
35mm color slide of a porcelain mark for the litron cup and saucer in Slides 58a–c. The mark is for Charles-Nicolas Dodin (1734–1803; active 1754–1802), a painter whose “meticulous technique” was “unrivalled” at the porcelain factory (Savill 1988,…
35mm color slide of a litron cup (Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory). The ground color is a dark blue known as the king's blue (bleu du roi), overlaid with tooled gilding of garlands, scrolls, foliage, and urns. This is a side view of Slide 58b. The…
35mm color slide of a litron cup (Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory). The ground color is a dark blue known as the king's blue (bleu du roi), overlaid with tooled gilding of garlands, scrolls, foliage, and urns. The central reserve depicts two nude women,…
35mm color slide of a litron cup and saucer (Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory). The ground color is a dark blue known as the king's blue (bleu du roi), overlaid with tooled gilding of garlands, scrolls, foliage, and urns. The central reserve on the…
35mm color slide of two porcelain marks on the plate from the Catherine the Great Service in Slide 56. One mark (3 dots) is for Jean-Baptiste Tandart aîné (the elder; 1729–1816, active 1754–1800 or 1803), who was one of the “most skilled…
35mm color slide of a plate from the Catherine the Great Service (Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory). It has a turquoise blue ground color (known as bleu céleste), a frieze of gilt scrolls (rinceaux), and small oval reserves depicting scenes from…
35mm color slide of a cup (Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory). This is an enlarged view of Slide 55a, showing the dolphin handle and other details of gilding and painted decoration. The number 55 is handwritten on the slide.