porcelain was the first European porcelain ever to be made in
1710. For years, alchemists tried to discover the formula for
porcelain. Bottger, an alchemist , discovered the first European
porcelain.. In 1710, after kaolin was discovered, the Meissen
porcelain company was started under August the Strong. All the
royal families in Europe desired vessels made out of this porcelain.
They used their best sculpturers and painters to model figures
and paint the porcelain. They had a special painting school called
The Meissen Drawing School to train modelers and painters as early
as 1764. The training took three years before artists mastered
the skills to paint on Meissen porcelain.
Meissen porcelain patterns have been copied by many other china
makers all over the world like Royal Copenhagen, Dresden, Herend,
and many other makers. The glaze on Meissen porcelain maintains
its quality over time. This is why old Meissen looks so new and
keeps its good condition. Other porcelains graze and have many
more problems staying in good condition.
The four patterns Elegant Findings Antiques is offering for sale
are the following:
1) rare Chinese butterfly- I have never seen another set of this
in 22 years. It is beautiful with its relief work and Chinese
butterflies. This set is 1953-1957.
2) Large flower and bugs; these are amazing works of art, as each
piece is painted with a different bouquet. It would take many
artists many months to paint a set like this. You could not pay
someone enough many to paint these now a days. This set is 1880s-1890s.
3) The strublumen set is special. Stublumen means thrown flowers.
In Germany , it used to be a tradition to throw flowers at weddings.
Thus, the strublumen dinner set was made. Every piece is painted
with different small flowers. If you go to Newport, Rhode Island
and look in the pantry of the Vanderbilt’s “summer
cottages”, mansions, you will find that they used strublumen
china. Most of this extensive set is late 19th century.
The purple Indian set is breathtaking. People all stop to say
what an incredible set. It is all from the 1880s-1890s. It is
very rare to find such a large set that is so old in such perfect
During World War Two, much of the Meissen porcelain was either
damaged or destroyed. People hid their treasures like Meissen
porcelain and paintings like Renoirs away, so the soldiers and
officers would not find them. This is why it is so difficult to
find extensive dinner services of antique Meissen porcelain in
great condition. We are proud to offer these four rare Meissen
dinner services to you.