The decorative scheme on this dish, "Bea Eater on a Sea of Blue Blossom", incorporates various styles of painting in underglaze, overglaze and gilt - a permutation never before attempted on a dish of this kind at MEISSEN. The pattern of encircling flower-heads in radiant cobalt blue, surely the Manufactory's best-known underglaze colour, is a new composition. The well of the dish is occupied by a bee-eater in polychrome in exquisite contrast to the ornament. The colourful bird flies with wings widespread towards a richly gilded ground emblematic of the sun. Delicately brushed gilding also gleamingly enriches the pattern of small blue flower-heads.