This is a beautiful antique pair of Dresden porcelain reticulated dishes, circa 1880 in date.
The striking square dishes feature a net like framework border hand painted with floral garlands and highlighted with gildeddecoration.
Each has a hand painted romantic panel of courting couples in the center.
There is no mistaking the quality and unique design of this pair which is sure to be a treasured addition to your home.
In really excellent condition with no chips, cracks or signs of repair, and only minor signs of wear comensurate with age and use, please see photos for confirmation of condition.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 4 x Width 25 x Depth 25
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1.6 x Width 9.8 x Depth 9.8
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: 08680