The "Wall Plate Moulded Flower-Heads on Dark Ground" unites in the most beautiful harmony the contrasts whose competition led the oldest porcelain manufactory in Europe to its first artistic climax around 1730: Painting versus plasticity. With his new development of 16 glaze colours, Johann Gregorius Höroldt had just created the conditions for finely differentiated coloured porcelain paintings when relief decorations came into fashion from France. The head of the painting studio preferred smooth forms. Höroldt therefore regarded the artistic work of the court sculptor Johann Joachim Kaendler, ten years his junior, as unpleasant competition right from the start. Today, the porcelain painters have mastered this great challenge impressively in their play with relief.