Antique Pair Meissen Porcelain Vases C.1810

Antique Pair Meissen Porcelain Vases C.1810


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This is a beautiful large pair of Meissen porcelain vases and covers,  Circa 1810 in date.

Each is encrusted with finely modelled flowers in high relief, with superb gilded highlights and hand painted each side with floral panels.

The lids have pierced decoration so they would be ideal for pot pourri.

With the Meissen crossed swords mark on the inside of each lid, they are beautiful objects which will look good in most surroundings.


In excellent condition, with no chips cracks or signs of repair, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 50 x Width 27 x Depth 27

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 8 inches x Width 11 inches x Depth 11 inches

Meissen porcelain or Meissen china is the first European hard-paste porcelain that was developed from 1708 by Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus. 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.
The first successful ornaments were gold decorations applied upon the fired body and finely engraved before they received a second firing at a lower temperature. Multicolour enamelled painting was introduced by Johann Gregorius Höroldt in 1723, with an increasingly broad palette of colours that marked the beginning of the classic phase of Meissen porcelain. Initially paintings often imitated oriental patterns. The signature underglaze "Meissen Blue" was introduced by Friedrich August Köttig. Soon minutely detailed landscapes and port scenes, animals, flowers, galante courtly scenes and chinoiseries— fanciful Chinese-inspired decorations— were to be found on Meissen porcelain.
The Albrechtsburg was utilized to protect the secrets of the manufacture of the white gold. As a further precaution, very few workers knew the special secret of how to make porcelain, and then perhaps only part of the process. Thus, for a few years, Meissen retained its monopoly on the production of hard-paste porcelain in Europe. By 1717, however, a competing production was set up at Vienna, as Samuel Stöltzel sold the secret recipe, which involved the use of kaolin also known as china clay.
Böttger early foresaw the production of tableware, and the first services were made in the 1720s. Initial services were plain, but Kaendler soon introduced matching decorations. Kaendler also produced the 1745 'New Cutout' pattern, characterized by a wavy edge cut. Other popular patterns are: 'Blue Onion', 'Court Dragon', 'Red Dragon ', 'Purple Rose' and 'Vine-Leaf'.
At the beginning the Meissen manufactory was owned by the King of Saxony; by 1830 it came to belong to the State of Saxony. After World War II, most of the equipment was sent to the Soviet Union as part of war reparations. After the German reunification in 1990, the company was restored to the State of Saxony which is the sole owner. While its products are expensive, the high quality and artistic value make Meissen porcelain very desirable by collectors and connoisseurs.



W27.0 x H50.0 x D27.0 cm



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