This fascinating porcelain service from the Meissen porcelain manufactory is suitable for up to 12 people. It is designed in the “New Cutout” pattern and decorated in the “Indian Green” style. The individual pieces are decorated with bright and dark green painting of leaf tendrils and flowers. The rims are gilded and the flowers are accentuated as well. The knob of the ragout bowl is embellished with two curved and gold-decorated rocailles.
All pieces are first choice and in very good condition with merely light traces of wear. The porcelain is minimally soiled in some places. The plates have a diameter of 25 cm, the soup bowls have a diameter of 13 cm, the saucers measure 17 cm in diameter and the bowls have diameters of 18.5 and 23 cm. The sauce boat is approximately 25 cm long and the ragout bowl measures 22 cm in diameter. The plates have lengths of 42 and 30.5 cm. Each piece shows the underglaze blue Meissen sword mark as well as other marks on the underside.
Porcelain was known in Europe since the 13th Century, but always had to be imported from China and was thus mostly of lower quality – the Chinese seldom gave their best ware to foreigners – and extremely expensive. Europeans tried to copy the Chinese porcelain for centuries but only in 1708 managed to create real porcelain – in Meissen. The manufacturer’s brand, the crossed swords in blue, has been in use since 1722 and is still a guarantee for the high quality of the porcelain. Meissen celebrated its 300 years of existence in 2008. Quality has always been the number one criteria for Meissen and they go as far as to have their own mine to win the needed kaolin, also known as china clay, for the production. It takes several years to reach the degree of a “master painter” in Meissen but judging by the quality of the painting, it is definitely worth it.