10 Mar 2011

Peter Helis: Link between Chinese and European Porcelain

Announcements:
District Conference will be held on 19-20 March 2011 at HK Convention Centre.
We will have Spring Dinner on 17th March 2011, Thursday night at HK Golf Club, Deep Water Bay.
We will have our Annual Dinner on 5th May 2011, Thursday night at Top Deck.
The District Tennis Competition will be held on 20 March for singles and 3rd April for doubles at Victoria Park, Causeway Bay.
District PP Dinner will be held on 8 April (Friday) at Kowloon Regal Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui, the dinner fee is $450 per person.
We will cancel the lunch meeting on 24th March for the 4 Clans Meeting on 25th March (Friday) at Regal HK Hotel, Causeway Bay at 12:30pm.  The lunch fee will be HK$250 per head.
We will have Golf Tournament with the members of Institute of Directors at HK Golf Club, Deep Water Bay on 28th April 2011 before our lunch meeting.


President Stephen was out of town, PE Martin was the acting President today.
The speaker today was Rtn Peter Helis; he talked about “How Germany copied China”. 

Peter Helis was born in the former German Democratic Republic in the state of Saxony. Saxony is also the birthplace of the first European porcelain - Meissen, which is close to his home town. After completing his studies in hotel management, Peter changed his course entirely. In 1998 he enrolled to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London where he graduated with a BA in Modern and Classical Chinese. In 2003 he moved to Hong Kong and worked for several years in sales and management for two multinational corporations before he decided to turn his passion into a business. Peter Helis is a Rotarian of Rotary Club of Kowloon.

Rtn Peter told us the history of Meissen.  Meissen porcelain or Meissen china is the first European hard-paste porcelain that was developed from 1708 by Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus. After his death that October, Johann Friedrich Böttger, continued his work and brought porcelain to the market, and he has often been credited with the invention. The production of porcelain at Meissen, near Dresden, started in 1710 and attracted artists and artisans to establish one of the most famous porcelain manufacturers, still in business today as Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen GmbH. Its signature logo, the crossed swords, was introduced in 1720 to protect its production; the mark of the crossed swords is one of the oldest trademarks in existence. It dominated the style of European porcelain until 1756.

Sergeant at Arms Rtn Mimi collected HK$922 for raffle and fines.  PP George donated a Fortune Book of the year of Rabbit as raffle prize and got by PP Nick.

Peter Helis