Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Meissen, Saxony

Meissen is world renowned for its Porcelain. The famous symbol of the city, the two blue swords on a white background is synonymous with elegant table ware. To this day the Meissen trademark is a symbol of quality for collectors and investors in rare porcelain pieces.

We plan to travel from Dresden by boat down the Elba River a distance of 2 hours to Meissen to visit the city.

From the 13th century porcelain was imported from China at very great cost by Kings and Princes and it became a game of showing off elaborate and delicate vases, plates and other objects and having large collections on display. The Prince Elector of Saxony was amongst many in Europe who collected but also had alchemists working at finding out the secret of how to make fine porcelain. After 500 years of research the secret was finally revealed and the first European Porcelain manufacture was established in 1710 in the Albrechtsburg Castle in Meissen where for 300 years now fine porcelain has been produced. Once the exclusive domain of Royalty, porcelain became gradually available to the merchant class and the bourgeoisie.

Meissen Couture 1710, web site


  1. I have never heard of this; thank you for enlightening me.