THE AUGSBURG HAUSMALERI
Augsburg had long been a centre for fine and decorative arts production for centuries. By the early 18th Century some goldsmiths and silversmiths were turning their skills to decorating porcelain from various factories, including Meissen. The Seuter workshop is perhaps the most famous of these hausmaler, set up under Bartolomäus Seuter, a goldsmith, engraver and maiolica dealer, amongst other things. Seuter worked in gilding on Nuremburg fayence and white Bayreuth and Meissen porcelain. Some of the following pieces are typical of the Seuter workshop, decorated with chinoiserie figures within distinctive scrollwork borders. The dual practices of the hausmaler and the goldsmith are encapsulated in this broad cohesive collection.