Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Meissen Porcelain Plate

A great passion for collecting fine porcelain began in the eighteenth century with the royal houses, and the aristocracy of Europe. Later, as wealth grew in Europe and in the United States of America, newly rich industrialists and businessmen were anxious to begin their great collections. This enthusiasm was soon shared by the middle classes as production increased, and more porcelain factories opened in other parts of Europe making decorative porcelain and porcelain dinnerware more affordable. Great collections were passed down from generation to generation, or were donated to museums for everyone to enjoy. The fervor for collecting ceramics has not waned and continues to the present day.

Some collectors have as many as four complete sets of china, one for each season. Many of us have smaller collections and display our china collectibles as decorative accessories to brighten and add colour to our homes. A small collection of two, three or four decorative plates on plate stands can be displayed as art objects to add exquisite detail to a mantle, table, or bookcase.

We recently acquired this exquisite Meissen plate from an estate sale. It is currently listed in our online stores. The crossed swords Meissen mark in blue, and a tiny impressed number are on the bottom. The plate was made by the Porcelain Manufactory Meissen which has been producing excellent quality porcelain for the past 300 years, and is Europe's oldest producing factory.

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