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Meissen Musical Couple

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  • Height:
    5 3/4 Inches
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This enchanting group by Meissen Porcelain Manufactory extols the virtues of young love. Crafted in the luxurious Rococo style, in the manner of painter Fran├žois Boucher, this group depicts a young couple, the young girl holding a basket of flowers while her swain holds a recorder to her lips to play. Pastoral scenes such as this, featuring couples in a lush "natural" setting in extravagant costume, were characteristic of the Rococo style that was prevalent during the early 18th century, and are among Meissen's most recognized pieces.

Features Meissen crossed swords mark in blue underglaze

Circa 1900

5 3/4" 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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