For nearly 200 years, the “Stripes” pattern languished forgotten in the Meissen manufactory archives. It is the oldest and most comprehensive company archive in the world, and a rich source of porcelain history. The archive is not only home to the formula for the first European porcelain, but also to patterns and designs from more than three centuries.
“Stripes” is based on a 19th-century design that requires MEISSEN to draw on the rich heritage and knowledge of its manufactory for its implementation today. Since its founding, the manufactory has had its own paint laboratory in which all porcelain pigments are produced in-house. MEISSEN has carefully preserved around 10,000 strictly guarded formulas over the centuries – with countless shades of every colour on top – with which it is able to reproduce every nuance of every historic Meissen porcelain colour true to the original. The colour palette for the “Stripes” design was specially developed in this lab. With delicate gold contours, the table service stunningly captures the zeitgeist of a distinct era and is the perfect example of the Meissen manufactory’s long and storied tradition.
The brilliant geometric pattern lends the purist “N°41” table service a clear Neoclassical strength and timeless elegance that contrasts with the manufactory’s historical decorative motifs. Cups and plates with different pattern variants can be individually combined depending on the occasion, while the modern “N°41” shape makes it possible to use a single saucer with three different kinds of cups. All 28 individual pieces of the table service are stackable and dishwasher safe.
For more than three centuries, on- and under-glaze paints have been produced in the manufactory’s own paint laboratory using natural components. The process involves a large number of elaborate steps. The paints, which are prepared according to traditional and strictly guarded formulas, are obtained from metal oxides. In the bright colour palette of the “Stripes” pattern, the blue of the sky and the sea – as a symbol of depth and stability – meets the yellow of the sun, which represents joy and cheerfulness. A gold painter completes the decoration process by applying delicate gold contours made of burnished gold.
A treasure is raised
Neoclassical patterns from Meissen’s archives serve as the inspiration for the rays and stripes in the “Stripes” collection. In line with the historicity of the design, an individual colour palette was developed that lends the service its brilliant geometric and historically symbolic character.
In 1725, the porcelain painter Johann Gregorius Höroldt succeeded for the first time in developing a basic range of heat-resistant under-glaze and over-glaze paints – a milestone in porcelain history. Under his skilful hand, hundreds of colourful and multifaceted patterns were created. At the dawn of the 19th century, MEISSEN developed further porcelain colours that allowed for innovative decorative creations such as “Stripes”.
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