Fine Meissen Porcelain Seized from Jewish Collectors that Survived the 1945 Dresden Bombing for Sale


LONDON.- Rare surviving items from the world-famous collection of Meissen porcelain assembled by Gustav and Charlotte von Klemperer from the late nineteenth century, which miraculously survived Nazi looting and the 1945 bombing of Dresden, are to be auctioned at Bonhams New Bond Street on 8th December 2010. Edmund de Waal has written an evocative account of the collection, “Fragments can be more powerful than things kept whole…Pick up the vase made for Augustus the Strong in 1730. It is a shard, but it has survived not just the ferocity of a kiln, but a terrible century. When you pick it up it tells you about beauty, about a family and about survival.” (Bonhams magazine) Von Klemperer (1852-1926), chairman of the Dresdner Bank, collected 834 pieces of fine Meissen over a period of three decades and it is commonly considered to have been the greatest ever collection of Meissen porcelain of the modern collecting era