The wealth of shapes and patterns at MEISSEN® is beyond compare. Amongst the cultures depicted on Meissen Porcelain®, the world of Asia takes pride of place. Indeed, it was with the meticulous reproduction of East Asian shapes and patterns that the history of Meissen Porcelain® began.
By the time Europe’s first porcelain manufactory entered its second decade in business (1720 onwards), the wares it created were already eclipsing their oriental counterparts both technologically and aesthetically. Johann Gregorius Höroldt’s intricately painted chinoiseries and floral patterns soon became classics of Meissen decorative art.
The pull that East Asia exerted on artistic design at MEISSEN was replicated in later ages by cultural phenomena ranging from the Arabian Nights to the exoticism of native Indian races.