This sumptuous openwork plate is a truly great example of Meissen porcelain art. Its elaborate shape was designed back in around 1740. Its ornament is carved out of the unfired, leather-hard body with a steady hand and a sharp blade, leaving a finely plaited framework. Equally exquisite is the pattern of heritage-rich Meissen flower painting with intricate tulip blooms depicted naturally and with great attention to detail in the well of the plate. The dish's decorative scheme draws on various graphic sources from the many nature studies held in the Manufactory archives. These have served generations of porcelain painters as fountains of inspiration for their splendid painted work and motifs.