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Over the past 12 years, Baron Cohen, the 49-year-old son of a real estate magnate, has amassed a royal porcelain collection second only to that of the Hermitage. In his passion to acquire the best early 19th-century pieces produced for the world’s royalty by the factories of Vienna, Berlin and Sèvres, France, Baron Cohen has pushed auction prices to new heights. The decorative richness of the medium is evident in the 330 or so pieces in the show. The borders of the plates alone offer a visual explosion of pattern, and the minute paintings of landscapes, cameo portraits, flora and fauna are extraordinary in their exactitude.
“Refinement & Elegance”
Through Nov. 4, 2008
Spandauer Damm 10-24