Porcelain Manufactory Augarten (Porzelnmanufaktur Augarten) is the first porcelain manufactory in the Habsburg empire, located in the outskirts of veins.The Vienna porcelain manufactory, founded in 1718, is the second, after the Meseen, the oldest manufactory in Europe.Today, as in the old days, porcelain is made and painted manually.Thanks to this, every copy becomes a unique work of art.
From the very day of the foundation of the Manufactory Augarten, the design of porcelain products is created in collaboration with famous artists.Artists of all eras created real masterpieces - more than 25,000 products demonstrate a wide range of creative styles, from Baroque to modern.
The history of Viennese porcelain began in 1718, when, only eight years after the “white gold” was invented by Johann Friedrich Bettger in 1709, the Viennese porcelain manufactory was opened.Since then, the Viennese porcelain manufactory has gained worldwide fame.
On May 25, 1718, Emperor Charles VI signed a decree granting “special privileges” to Claudius Innocentus Du Parkie (Claudius Innocentus du Parquier) and the exclusive right to make porcelain in the lands of the Austrian crown.The porcelain for the imperial court and courtiers were made in the area in which the Vienna street Porzellangasse is now located.Nowadays, this period of manufacturing porcelain in the style of late Baroque is called the "period of Du Parkie."
At the time of Rococo, Empress Maria Teresa made a frequent company the property of the empire.The porcelain of the "imperial state manufactory of Vienna" has since stigmatized a bordered shield, the coat of arms of Babenbergs.During this period, the famous genre scenes in the Rococo style “AFTER WATTEAU” (according to Watto) were created - today they are very highly appreciated among collectors.
Under the leadership of Conrad Zorgel von Sorgenthal (Conrad Sorgel Sorgenthal), the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory became known outside Austria with its porcelain in the neo-classicism style.Unique relief decors of porcelain with gilding and the quality of painting, remaining unsurpassed today, are donated by this period.
The war with France brought the Viennese porcelain manufactory to the brink of ruin, and the Vienna Congress at the beginning of the 19th century gave the development of the production of Viennese porcelain forward.Many famous people of that time, including the emperor of Russia Alexander I and King of Prussia, visited the Viennese porcelain manufactory.Vienna porcelain became expensive, with gratitude accepted gift.
The emerging middle class of the era also appreciated the purity of the Viennese porcelain lines.Charming, almost miniature bouquets and flower patterns scattered along the white surface of Viennese porcelain, often in combination with a porcelain product simply designed by the border, captured this period in its most delightful forms.One of the most popular porcelain service - in the form of Schubert - was created here.As a result of industrialization and rapidly growing competition (especially from the Bohemian factories that mastered mass production), in 1864 the imperial house considered it necessary to close the Viennese porcelain manufactory and transfer it to the museum management.When Augarten's modern Palace opened again in 1923, the Vienna porcelain took new heights - now in the style of the Vienna Ark deco.