This is a beautiful antique hand painted Ludwisburg, Dresden porcelain jewellery casket, C1880 in date.
It has a beautiful hinged domed lid with gilt bronze border and clasp and is beautifully decorated with hand painted flowers, a central panel depicting lovers and striking gilt decoration.
It bears the blue makers mark of Ludwisburg on the underside.
There is no mistaking the quality and unique design of this casket which is sure to be a treasured addition to your home.
In really excellent condition, with no chips, cracks or repairs, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 6 x Width 18 x Depth 18
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 inches x Width 7 inches x Depth 7 inches
Dresden porcelain – A King’s Obsession
In the early 1700s, King Augustus II, prince elector of Saxony, held goldsmith Johann Bottger prisoner and commissioned him to create gold. Bottger instead discovered the method of creating porcelain, a favored and valuable item in the king’s eyes.
The king announced to Europe in 1710 that he would open a porcelain manufactory in Dresden. He instead opened one at nearby Albrechtsburg castle. Espionage was rampant, and the king guarded his porcelain secret, even though it meant imprisoning workers within the castle walls.
By 1720, the secret was leaked and porcelain producers popped up in Vienna and Venice. Dresden porcelain adopted Saxon crossed swords in under-glaze blue as its distinguishing mark.
In 1736, the porcelain manufactory produced the “Swan Service.” It consists of 1,400 pieces, and is the largest, most lavish porcelain service ever created.
In 1872, Dresden built its own manufactory to better establish its role in porcelain production.
Our reference: 08510