A Chinese Export Porcelain Famille Verte Plate from the Collection of Augustus the Strong, Late Kangxi c.1700-1720. Decorated with a Deer Near a Pine Tree with a Crane Flying Over-Head.
Condition: Very good, small shallow chips to the footrim.
Size: Diameter : 22 cm (8 3/4 inches)
Provenance:Augustus II (1670-1733) King of Poland and Elector of Saxony, Known as Augustus the Strong. (Click on the image for more information about Augustus the Strong). Japanese Palace Inventory Engraved Mark : N=179.
For two Kangxi Porcelain plates from this set also from the Collection of Augustus the Strong see our Famille Rose/Famille Verte Archive 19292.
Augustus`s great physical strength earned him the nicknames “the Strong”, “Saxon Hercules” and “iron hand”. He liked to show that he lived up to his name by breaking horse shoes with his bare hands. His ancestor Cymburgis of Masovia was also noted for her strength. Augustus the Strong owed allegiance to the Imperial Habsburgs as a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Augustus the Strong owed allegiance to the Imperial Habsburgs as a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece. As Elector of Saxony, he is perhaps best remembered as a patron of the arts and architecture. He established the Saxon capital of Dresden as a major cultural centre, attracting artists and musicians from across Europe to his court. Augustus also amassed an impressive art collection and built fantastic baroque palaces at Dresden and at Warsaw. As a politician, he is nowadays not held in high esteem in Poland, getting blamed for embroiling the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the Great Northern War. His attempts at internal reforms and at bolstering the royal power are considered to have come to naught, while his policies are said to have allowed the Russian Empire to strengthen its influence over the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.