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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - September 5, 1970, Darmstadt, HesseA German Museum That's Marked FRAGILE By SUE VOLEK, Staff Writer EVEN IF you aren't generally keen onvisiting museums while touring thebyways of Germany, there's a mini- palace in Hesse that may be just yourdish. It's the tiny Prinz-Georg-Palais inDarmstadt, a city that branches off the autobahn between Heidelberg andFrankfurt Located unobtrusively at one side of a.well-manicured public garden near the center of town, the palace appearsmore to be merely another graceful, shuttered house.But it happens to contain an unusual 6,000-piece collection of 18lh and 19ihcentury European porcelain. STATUETTES, tiny cosmetic dishes,slender vases and even a grandfather dock or two are displayed.Fragile sets of china dishes once owned by a daughter of the House ofHesse are painted in minute detail with scenes of central Germany — perhapsto remind her of home while she lived with her Russian husband in far-off St.Petersburg, Tall glazed wine jugs are big enoughto hold a goodly amount, yet ring when tapped gently with a fingernail. HE fragile porcelain was first pro-duced in France during the 16th cen- tury. Early German porcelain wasmade in the eastern town of Meissen, where production continues today. Themanufacture of white porcelain was fully mastered there in about 1715.Experimentation with glazes and co- lored enamels continued, and a model-ler named Johann Kaendler designed elaborate court dishes, platters andserving bowls. Small figures for table decorations also were produced duringthe mid-18th century, some fashioned as satirical comments on daily life. INDIVIDUAL German princes com-manded their own porcelain factories after 1760. Artists were virtual slaves oftheir "patrons," who jealously guarded formulas and techniques.Workers who did manage to escape were sought after by rival rulers alsoseeking new and better methods of por- celain manufacture.With the gradual proliferation of fac- tories, collecting the objects became afad with nobility. However, after the Napoleonic wars of the 19th century,there was a breakdown in the traditio- nal craftsmanship and the best workproduced was by individual artists try- ing to copy past achievements.The grand Duke of Hesse began col- lecting porcelain in 1906 when he as-sembled the pieces his family owned. After making other acquisitions, themuseum was opened in the Prinz- Georg-Palais two years later.During World War Two the collection was moved to an Oppenheim wine cel-lar for protection, and later was trans- ferred to a flour mill in the Odenwald.The porcelain finally was returned in- tact to Darmstadt, in 1950.The duke's collection is open to the public Monday through Thursday from10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 2 to 5 p.m.; on Saturday, Sunday and holidays from10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The museum is closed on Fridays. Fragile set* of china dish** w«r« owntd fay « daughter of G«rman minor nobility. Cosmetic boxes mode of porcelain are displayed of unusual museum in Darmstadt. A« mtrkottty decorated vcse cn« hod its pJoc« amid Hovie of Hene. Proliferation of rare artifacts includes monkey botfle-stopper of porcelain. Collodion of 18th and H THi STAJK AND ST*H»« Cfcflrury Ewr opts^o £OfCtIolA 4row« vivi! or» 6, ;