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Meissen Mythological Group

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  • Width:
    8 1/2 Inches
  • Height:
    8 1/2 Inches
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This exceptional Meissen porcelain group exhibits that renowned firm's mastery of mythological themes. Crafted in the exuberant Rococo style for which Meissen was famed, this group depicts the drunken Silenus, seated astride a donkey and supported by Bacchus, god of wine and merriment. Designed by Friederich Elias Meyer, circa 1760, this group also includes a draped bacchante feeding grapes to the donkey whilst a mischievous putto pulls its tail.  

The group features the crossed swords marks with an incised pattern number. 

Circa 1880 

8 1/2" wide x 8 1/2" high

Meissen Collector's Catalogue, 2004, Laurence Mitchell
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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