Monday, February 9, 2015

THE CAPODIMONTE PORCELAIN

The origin of Capodimonte porcelain dates back to the early eighteenth century and geographically to the Kingdom of Naples. 
The father of Capodimonte porcelain is considered to be Charles of Bourbon. In 1738 he married Maria Amalia daughter of the King of Saxony, Augustus III of Poland and granddaughter of Augustus II, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland and founder of the first European hard paste porcelain factory in Meissen in 1710.
It was from this union that Charles' interest in porcelain production in Naples first sprang. His desire was to create a porcelain production of a quality comparable with the factory in Saxony, whose methods and ingredients were only known by the chemist Bottiger. Charles initially allocated a small building in the Royal Palace to be dedicated to porcelain production under the direction of Giovanni Caselli and the chemist Livio Ottavio Schepers, who had originally worked at the Neapolitan Mint.
In spite of many efforts, including those underhand, the formula for porcelain remained a mystery.






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