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an almost monumental decoration and running down to the whimsical playfulness of an elegant bibelot: large figures and groups meant as artistic show-pieces of which the ormolu mounting itself serves only as base, - alongside with the genially observed animals, the famous series of brightly coloured birds, - the figure of Gamekeeper Wenzel conceived in statuesque manner by Kändler - the smaller pieces of porcelain which by combining them with ormolu became a part of fantastical articles for everyday use, such as, for instance, a pair of candelabra, an upright clock, etc., - finally, the mounted vases and decorative implements, - and, side by side with these, the chief works of the greatest Meissen modellers also China Mountings and Chinese Emperor from Höchst.

Although the effect produced by these pretentious pieces is overpowering I will not omit to mention other porcelain objects still contained in this collection. Together with Meissen we admire also pieces from South German, Vienna and Sèvres manufacturies. Even East Asia is represented by excellent examples, and some pieces with Herold decorations dating back to the early period of Meissen belong to the most important of their kind. In this connection the high graceful vase of Böttcher stoneware deserves to be specially pointed out. The beauty of its material is enhanced by brilliant lustre and by its severely cut outline attains an effect of dominating exclusiveness.

In glancing over the stock of objects of applied arts I wish to mention in connection with porcelain the other branches of Ceramic. Italien Maiolica is well brought forward by a series of excellent Istoriati plates and Delft is likewise represented by charming  
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