The rich variety of designs and colours that decorate Meissen porcelain is unsurpassed anywhere in the world. From the chinoiserie of Johann Gregorius Höroldt and the nearly 300-year-old “Onion Pattern” or “Ming Dragon” to the delicate blossoms of the Biedermeier-era Manierblumen (“mannered flowers”), all the way to innovative, contemporary creations such as the “Stripes” or “Cosmopolitan” collections – the breadth of Meissen decor embodies the artisanal excellence and design traditions of Europe’s oldest porcelain manufactory over the centuries. To this day, each step of decoration is applied by hand using traditional techniques, relying entirely on proprietary over- and underglaze colours made from pigments formulated in the in-house laboratory that was first founded in 1720. In the early days of the laboratory, it was porcelain painter Johann Gregorius Höroldt who advanced the development of colours, creating a base palette of 16 coloured, kiln-resistant overglazes and a cobalt-blue underglaze that laid the cornerstone for the manufactory’s decorative tradition. During his time, hundreds of decoration motifs were created of such artistic calibre and radiant colour that they blazed a trail for all the European porcelain that followed. Today, the standard repertoire of a Meissen porcelain painter comprises around 300 colours – a small portion of the approximately 10.000 paint formulas conserved in the laboratory. The exact formulas are accessible only to a small number of employees, valuable as these are to the rich legacy of Europe’s oldest porcelain manufactory.