The Ralph H. and Constance I. Wark collection of early Meissen porcelain is one of the three finest and most comprehensive collections in the world. Ralph Wark (1902-1987) bought his first Meissen piece in 1922, and over the next sixty years acquired more than seven hundred pieces. Before World War II, Mr. Wark was a representative of the National Cash Register Corporation in Europe and traveled extensively on the Continent. At various times, he lived in Hamburg, Paris, London, and Berlin. Ralph Wark and his sister, Constance, residents of St. Augustine, donated this unique collection to The Cummer in 1965.