The Arcanum by Janet Gleeson
The Extraordinary True Story

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An extraordinary episode in cultural & scientific history comes to life in the fascinating story of a genius, greed, & exquisite beauty revealed by the obsessive pursuit of the secret formula for one of the most precious commodities of eighteenth century European royalty-fine porcelain.
 

About Janet Gleeson

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Janet Gleeson is the author of the bestseller The Arcanum, as well as Millionaire, The Grenadillo Box, and The Serpent in the Garden. She lives with her family in Dorset.
 
Published September 9, 2009 by Grand Central Publishing. 324 pages
Genres: History, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help. Non-fiction

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The often exciting—and always absorbing’story of the European development of the formula for making fine porcelain and the growth of the Meissen works that led the way.

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Who would have thought that the story of porcelain would be such a rousing tale of wealth, intrigue and outrageous greed and gluttony? In an all-but-abandoned German mountaintop castle called Albrecht

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and goldsmith Christo Konrad Hunger, a ""hard-bitten profiteer"" who would ""happily stoop to intimidation, threats, and all manner of chicanery if it would help to fill his purse."" Greed--for money, fame, porcelain or power--seems to have motivated everyone associated with Meissen, including th...

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The Saxon ruler Augustus the Strong once wrote, ''It is the same with porcelain as with oranges;

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