Reicher Hofdrache is a dragon-themed pattern modelled on Chinese designs of the period. It was first produced in 1731 for Prince Elector Augustus the Strong and until 1918 was reserved exclusively for the royal court of Saxony.
Meissen Zwiebelmuster (literally ‘onion pattern’) dates back to 1731 and was inspired by contemporary Chinese porcelain painting. It does not actually depict onions, but rather peaches, melons, bamboo sticks and chrysanthemums. As the artists did not have the original templates to copy, the images they produced were highly stylised. The nickname given to the pattern was subsequently adopted officially.
Meissen porcelain is popular. As a table service on the one hand, but also as a decorative item, because Meissen produces lavish porcelain figurines, wall plates and vases. The new ‘Faces’ collection takes the traditional wall plate and gives it a new lease of life with modern illustrations.
Flower painting is the supreme discipline of underglaze work. The rose has appeared as a motif on Meissen porcelain since 1740. Posing a special challenge is the brown pigment which acquires its radiant bright colour only after firing. In the depiction of the flowers, the artists are inspired by still life paintings
The Meissen factory also has a long tradition of working with freelance artists. Chris Antemann designs elaborate porcelain figurines that breathe new life into baroque forms and archetypes.
Otto Drögsler and Jörg Ehrlich from Odeeh