Shattered

These photos of broken porcelain in a palace in Vienna have been on my inspiration board for the past couple of months.  They’re from a past issue of World of Interiors and I found it fitting as a post since there is so much Wedgwood and Chinese porcelain popping up in magazines and on websites these days.  Unfortunately I couldn’t seem to find the byline from this story, but it goes like this: “Schloss Loosdorf, tucked away in the hilly wine country north of Vienna, had been renowned for its porcelain collection, which was predominantly 18th-century Japanese Imari and Chinese porcelain, late 18th-century and early 19th-century Vienna, Meissen, Berlin and Davenport, along with some Wedgwood and majolica.  The collection was all sealed up in a cellar room when the owners, the counts of Piatti, were forced to flee in the late spring of 1945 (the final days of WWII). During their absence, Soviet soldiers took up quarters there and tossed out its rare books, hacked at furniture, and located the hidden porcelain collection and destroyed it in a rage.  When Count Ferdinand Piatti again took possession of his ruined palace in June 1945, he had the porcelain and other remains of objects arranged in piles by manufacturer in an attempt to salvage at least something.  More than 60 years on, the damage, in all its wantonness, is still debilitating to view, though the monumental nature of the installation Piatti created both assesses and addresses the damage in a solemn, thoughtful way.”

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2 responses to “Shattered

  1. Have you read The Hare with the Amber Eyes? This reminds me of it- you would love it!

  2. keepfeelingjoanna

    @nicole No! I’m going to look it up now! Thank you. : )

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