Tradition and modernity are two sides of a coin at MEISSEN®. The Manufactory’s in-house designers derived some inspiration in the early 20th century from the freshness of art nouveau. More notably, however, the Manufactory set benchmarks for modern porcelain art with innovative works by freelance artists. In the 1920s, Manufactory Director Max Adolf Pfeiffer engaged the services of exceptional talents such as Paul Scheurich, Max Esser, Ernst Barlach or Gerhard Marcks for this purpose. Their figurines, vessels and patterns can be grasped as responses to the great creations by Johann Joachim Kaendler from the 18th century and have long since become classics in their own right.