Meissen’s Ming Dragon
  • Just as Chinese porcelain – or China – was the initial inspiration for Augustus the Strong’s own foray into the world of porcelain production, the Orient has also long inspired the manufactory’s designs. Arguably no more significantly or prolifically than with the iconic “Ming Dragon” decor.

    Among the many things that dragons symbolise in Chinese symbology are supernatural wisdom, the spirit of change and also the rhythm of nature and the doctrine of emergence. They stand for sun, light and the virile force of “yang”. During the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), dragons also began to appear more on Chinese porcelains. The mythical creature became the preserve of the imperial princes, in a characteristic rendering with four claws.
"The motif’s unrivalled prowess and ties to ancient aesthetics allow it a truly timeless quality."
  • Before long, Chinese motifs likewise served as models for Meissen’s own Ming Dragon – a now truly famous décor, first depicted in 1910. Its unrivalled prowess and ties to ancient aesthetics allow it a truly timeless quality. And as such, the MEISSEN Ming Dragon feels coolly contemporary. This versatility has led most recently to its latest incarnation atop pieces within the new “VITRUV” collection.