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From mould production to modelling all the way to painting, glazing, and firing – every piece of Meissen porcelain undergoes a creative process that is only made possible by the great wealth of experience collected by the artisans of the Meissen manufactory. Their expertise keeps traditional production methods alive while at the same time creating new and innovative modern styles – both for reproductions of classic works or for historically influenced works of art created by contemporary Meissen artists. The new “Limited Edition” collection pays homage to the skills that have written Meissen’s story for more than 300 years and continue to do so today. The annual collection’s inspiration is Meissen’s own rich heritage – the manufactory’s wide array of designs and colours. In this way, the pieces embody not only the artists’ passions for a centuries-old craft, but also the practically limitless inspiration that shapes the manufactory’s history. Due to the limited nature of the collection, every single piece instantly becomes a valuable collector’s item.
“The new ‘Limited Edition’ series honours the extraordinary skill of Meissen’s artisans, who reinterpret the manufactory’s history over and over again.”
In times when it was necessary to take a quill and ink to paper in order to record one’s thoughts, desk accessories were precious works of art. At the start of the 20th century, Paul Helmig translated the timeless subject of love into a delicate, handcrafted masterpiece through his “Writing Set with Cupid”. In classic Art Nouveau style, the Dresden-based embosser modelled the spirited double shell with a small Cupid figure observing a pair of butterflies on a rose. The Cupid’s childish, rounded shape harks back to Meissen’s golden Rococo era. The artful, naturalistic painting in subtle shades highlights the shapes of the figures and makes this object a true work of art – not limited to the desk.
With his “Butterfly” bust, former Head Sculptor Jörg Danielczyk devotes himself to the theme of fashion, something that has stoked the creative fires of Meissen’s modellers and painters time and again across all historical eras. Inspired by haute couture creations, Danielczyk has decorated the delicate bust with a detailed, one-of-a-kind pattern, creating an optical illusion that resembles a fluttering butterfly through the use of both fine porcelain and exquisite platinum. At the same time, this lavish design clearly draws the focus to the contrast between nudity and apparel.
Porcelain painter Sarah Helm’s was able to create the depth and photorealistic style of her “Still Life with Cherries” through a complex, multi-stage process. Based on the photorealism of the historic motif – an oil painting by German artist Clara von Sivers – Helm uses a special under-glaze colour that is painted onto the porcelain and fired separately. This process lends the cherries their rich red colour and, thanks to the interplay of light and shadow, a deep, structural appearance. After this step, on-glaze colours are applied in multiple layers, creating a bright, shining trompe-l’œil effect that demonstrates the young artist’s outstanding skill.
Renowned as a great lover of “White Gold”, as porcelain was known at the time, the Prussian King Frederick the Great commissioned an extravagant table service from MEISSEN during his invasion of Saxony in the mid-18th century. Modelled to resemble flowers, fruits, and leaves, the small sweetmeat dishes, especially the one in the form of a sunflower petal, are examples of exceptional porcelain art. The delicate structures and reliefs of the flowers and the leaves stemming from the handle were modelled by hand. The delicate colours running from the edges to the centre of the petals are accentuated by veins and flower pollen in metallic gold. Bees, beetles, and moths were painted onto the porcelain in the manner of the famous entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717), and lend the dish a natural liveliness.