Friday, June 08, 2007

Meissen porcelain stolen from Masonic museum in 1990's recovered

Five pieces of Meissen porcelain worth £120,000 (approx. $238,000 US), stolen in two thefts in the 1990s from the Library Museum of the Freemasons, have been recovered along with many other art pieces, after recently convicted British crime boss Terry Adams' home was searched.

The items were stolen from country homes, galleries and museums over the past 15 years. Most were packed away as if about to be moved.

A slideshow of some of the art pieces can be viewed here.

Meissen porcelain was the first porcelain made in Europe, beginning in 1708 when the first trial firing was made. In 1710, a company called Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen GmbH began commercial production. The crossed swords logo on each piece is considered one of the earliest trademarks ever used.

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1 comment:

  1. I have the perfect caption for the porcelain figurines:

    "Two Past Masters of Pickens Star Lodge bemoan the global reach of one of their 'pot-stirers'". (Bucket of Rattlesnakes behind the figures not shown.)




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