The Arcanum: The Extraordinary True Story (Paperback)

Author: Gleeson, Janet

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The #1 British bestseller tells the story of the obsessive pursuit of the secret formula to 18th-century Europes most precious commodity--fine porcelain. *Author: Gleeson, Janet *Binding Type: Paperback *Number of Pages: 336 *Publication Date: 2000/01/15 *Language: English *Dimensions: 8.01 x 5.26 x 0.95 inches


Publisher Grand Central Publishing
Mfg Part# 9780446674843
SKU 30532485
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0446674842
Release Date 10/29/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 0.75T
"'The Arcanum' tells how Bottger discovered the process for making porcelain and how he and a few gifted artisans made the Saxon town of Meissen a byword for innovative craftsmanship. Along the way there are adventures and mishaps, industrial espionage, aristocratic excess and royal incest, toxic factory fumes, scalding heat and, finally, Frederick the Great as the deus ex machina, whose Prussian soldiers overthrow the power of Saxony and scatter the plates and craftsmen to the four winds. But the persevering efforts of all those involved in the story, especially that magnificent visionary, Augustus, remain with the reader long after the last page. The author's fine grasp of her subject and lucid writing have allowed her to produce an industrial history that is both pleasurable and informative."
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Editors Note Tells the story of how the West learned to make porcelain, focusing on Bottger, who discovered the arcanum, or secret formula; and Herold and Kandler, artists at the new Meissen Porcelain Manufacture.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0336
Publisher Grand Central Publishing

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