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The production at Meissen, near Dresden in Germany, started in 1710. The first pieces produced by Meissen were red stoneware, known as Böttger stoneware, and first sold at the Leipzig Easter Fair. It was only from 1713 that true Meissen porcelain began to take the place of this stoneware. The artistic influence of the designer J.J. Kändler and the painter J.J. Hoeroldt, formed the unique team that initiated the creation of delicate and fine wares, and Meissen gained a reputation for quality equal to that of the very finest Chinese porcelain in production at the time.
Over the years, the Meissen factory passed down to different owners, which influenced a variation in style through the different periods.
The famous crossed-swords mark was officially put in place on the 7 April 1723 to guard against forgeries which had started appearing. Until this day, the crossed-swords Meissen mark has always been a hand-painted blue underglaze mark, with several variations according to different periods of manufacture such as the ‘dot-period’ or the ‘Marcolini period’.
|Height||53.00 cm||(20.87 inches)|
|Width||14.00 cm||(5.51 inches)|
|Depth||22.00 cm||(8.66 inches)|