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At the end of the 1850s, Meissen's designers created this egg-shaped vessel which, with its bud-shaped knob and three paw feet, was inspired by the manufactory's Rococo period. The vessel's surface features a sprite playing the flute, as well as an array of birds and butterflies. The sculptural blossoms connecting feet and vessel continue onto the surface as painted floral arrangements, while platinum accents highlight figurative details and establish the vessel as a visual whole. The piece, which has been reissued for the "Limited Masterworks 2019" collection, is painted using an unusual technique based on Limoges enamel painting. Layer upon layer of white paint is applied to the black glazed porcelain, creating an almost ghostly translucence and resulting in a striking three-dimensionality that is a true testament to the remarkable skills of Meissen's porcelain painters.