An Unusual Agreement

Mar 19, 2013 8:14PM

The term ‘soldier’ vase is derived from an unusual trade agreement between Augustus the Strong (1670-1733) and Frederick Wilhelm I of Prussia (1688-1740). An avid collector of Chinese and Japanese porcelain, Augustus traded 151 pieces from his collection, of which 48 were noted for their great size, to Frederick William for 600 soldiers or dragoons. This extraordinary and well-documented event speaks volumes to the value and desirability of Chinese porcelain. Vases of this size, with the addition of copper-red are very rare.
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