This egg cup was originally a part of the "New Cutout" table service that was created in the mid-18th century by Meissen's master modeller Johann Joachim Kaendler. The delicate shape, reminiscent of flower petals, with a corrugated, pointed edge, is a rare example of Baroque modesty and has served as a canvas for countless famous artwork and continues to do so to this day. The "Ornate Dragon" is one of the manufactory's oldest decorative motifs and an excellent example of MEISSEN chinoiserie. Created in 1720 based on East Asian designs, it depicts the imaginary worlds of Europeans of that era in stylised plant and animal figures. In line with Chinese tradition, the dragon occupies a special position as a mythological being that symbolizes wisdom and the power of change. The 24-carat gold shading and real gold edging around the base and opening of the egg cup frames the geometric pattern in opulent splendour.