Francesco I and Medici porcelain In the Museo degli Argenti in Palazzo Pitti
The Orient and China have always fascinated travellers and European collectors: in those lands priceless artifacts were produced, in fact, and yearned by the westerners. Among those, the most famous was the resplendent porcelain, a Chinese secret: and people were willing to spend huge sums of money for it. It is documented that in Florence, the Medici Family already possessed many pieces in the fifteenth century: some of these are now in the Museo degli Argenti in Palazzo Pitti. Many believe that only Böttger in the eighteenth century had been able to recreate porcelain in Europe, beginning in this manner the production of Meissen porcelain; in fact, a very similar material had already been invented in Florence during the government of Francis I.