737. Antique Set German Dresden Meissen Cabinet Plates Still Life Flowers Pair

An Exceptionally Rare Set of two German Meissen Floral Themed Porcelain Cabinet Plates of circular outline, last quarter of the Nineteenth Century. 

Each central reserve exquisitely hand painted scattered views of decorative still life of Summer Flowers and Old Roses on an off-white ground. 

The wide raised gilt shaped edge basket weave molded borders similarly hand decorated. 

Condition: Exceptional condition for such early pieces, with no losses or evidence of wear to gilding. Crossed swords marks in underglaze blue, impressed numerals on each verso. 

Diameter: (an impressive) 9.5” (24cm). 

Shipped to Stanton, Broadway, England. 

Affordable fixed charge Worldwide Store to door shipping. 

Provenance: From the Collection of Kenneth Neame. Mount Street, Mayfair, offered by Sotheby's London.

Meissen Porcelain 

As Europe’s first porcelain manufactory, Meissen is also often considered to be the finest and continues to be highly collectable today. Before Meissen unlocked the secret to producing porcelain in 1708, huge quantities were regularly arriving at the ports of Europe from China to satiate the fascination the nobility had with this sublime material. The formula for Meissen porcelain was closely guarded, but once it escaped, a plethora of manufactories sprung up in Germany, Austria and France during the mid-eighteenth century. Nonetheless, it was Meissen that continued to be the most innovative and sought after by royal courts and the aristocracy; it was called ‘white gold’, due to its huge expense to purchase.