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The Three Graces, representing France, Saxony and Poland/Lithuania
1746
Historisches Museum
Photo by Jürgen Karpinski
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THE POLITICS
OF PORCELAIN

by N.F. Karlins



Politics and esthetics -- strange bedfellows, but the two add up to a beautiful and unusual exhibition in "Fragile Diplomacy: Meissen Porcelain for European Courts, ca. 1710-63," now at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture. This impressive loan show combines early European porcelain with a history lesson on shifting alliances in the 18th century.

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