As the oldest porcelain manufactory in Europe, MEISSEN has played a decisive role in the design of table settings and tableware since its founding in 1710. Its extensive repertoire of designs testifies to the manufactory’s artistic impact over the ages, starting with the ornate table decorations of the Baroque era and the floral table service designs of the Biedermeier period all the way to the sleek elegance of modern white dishware. The wide variety of Meissen table services, which has grown over the centuries, does more than merely provide a stylish setting for special events and occasions – it is an expression of a way life, an appreciation for craftsmanship and tradition. The new “N°41” collection stands for timeless design that marries Meissen’s high-quality porcelain with a contemporary look and feel. With three new decorative patterns, the series is an expression of Meissen’s endless font of creativity and innovation.
In 1739 Johann Joachim Kaendler created the extravagant “Snowball Blossoms” at the behest of King Augustus III as a gift to his wife. A symbol of love rendered in the finest of porcelain, the hand-formed blossoms – set petal to petal on countless porcelain object – required all the skills of Meissen’s artisans at the time. As part of the “Royal Blossom” collection, those revered blossoms bloom once more, reinterpreted in relief on the contemporary “N°41” table service.
“Noble Blue” revisits one of Meissen’s most famous decorative motifs: the iconic “Onion Patter” from 1731. Inspired by the Eastern Asian porcelains of its time, the “onions” in the pattern are not in fact onions, but rather exotic fruits and blossoms, each with their own assigned placement within the decor. In “Noble Blue” these opulent compositions are pruned and rearranged in a light-hearted, contemporary design, giving the sleek “N°41” tableware series a decorative nod from the past.
As the oldest trademark in Europe, the Crossed Swords from the coat of arms of the Electorate of Saxony have represented the exceptional quality of Meissen porcelain and the ultimate in craftsmanship since 1722. To this day, the swords are painted onto every piece of Meissen porcelain by hand using the manufactory’s own specially developed cobalt blue. The “Swords” collection is a creative homage to the manufactory’s historic signet, boldly applied to the new “N°41” design series.