The "Onion Pattern" is among the oldest and most iconic designs at MEISSEN. First presented in 1731, it remains inseparable from the development of Meissen's blue painting tradition. To this day, the pattern is still applied by hand in Meissen's own proprietary shade of cobalt blue. Inspired by Augustus II the Strong's rich trove of predominantly blue-painted East-Asian porcelains, the pattern depicts peaches, melons and bamboo stalks, as well as delicate chrysanthemum blossoms in the manufactory's distinctive composition. On the traditional form of the Meissen bell, the deep blue flourishes of the pattern stand out against the radiant white of the porcelain, a truly striking statement against the lush branches of any Christmas tree.