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Meissen Crinoline Figural Group

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Item Details

  • Width:
    6" Inches
  • Height:
    5 1/2" Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    Germany/Prussia
A fine 19th-century Meissen crinoline figural group of two lovers with a child. Named "crinoline" after the large hooped skirts worn by the female figures, these forms often portrayed romantic scenes of courtly love, with well-heeled gentlemen vying for a woman's affection. Crinoline figures such as this reflected the influence of the French Court on European aristocracy. Today, these elegant figures are some of Meissen's most desirable.

Bears the Meissen "blue crossed swords" mark and the incised model number "886"

Circa 1890 

6" wide x 5 1/2" high
Meissen Porcelain

Meissen: The Allure of Continental Porcelain

Early in the 18th century, Augustus the Strong, elector of Saxony, arrested alchemist Johann Friedrich Bottger and imprisoned him in the town of Meissen; his mission, to discover the secret formula for hard paste porcelain. In 1708 Bottger unlocked the mystery and found the key to both porcelain and his freedom, and by 1718 factories began springing up across Europe fostering an atmosphere of ferocious competition.

By 1720, the Meissen factory was producing wares that eclipsed even the finest Chinese porcelain. They dominated the European market and influenced porcelain production around the world.

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